The Joint Union of Plateau Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) has decided to embark on an indefinite strike on Tuesday in order to press on their demand for improved funding and infrastructure.
In addition, the union is also asking for employment of more personnel, and exemption of the various institutions from the Treasury Single Account, and others.
Chairman of the Union, Mr. Paul Dakogol, disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that the strike was long overdue, following the decay in the state-owned institutions.
The union having issue a 48-hour ultimatum to the state government on the 10th of April to address this problems else it would embark on an indefinite stike.
The letter which was signed by Dakogol and Mr, Solomon Ayum, JUPTI Secretary explained that the strike is the union last resort as government have failed to show seriousness in meeting up with their demand and exhibiting lackadaisical attitude towards it.
He said that the union’s demands were not personal but in the best interest of all including the state, the institutions and the future generation.
“It is not our fault rather, we are forced to embark on this indefinite strike due to the failure of government to meet our demands.
New agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this is the second time the union has embarked on an indefinite strike since the Simon Lalong administration assumed office in the state
“As I am speaking, all the seven institutions owned by the state government are lacking infrastructures they are an eyesore.
“If care is not taken, the condition of these institutions will degenerate into what we have today in our primary and secondary schools.
“The issue of shortage of both teaching and non-teaching staff as well as poor funding to enable the various institutions operate and perform well need to be addressed as well.
“We also want government to exempt these institutions from the TSA because the way it’s being operated here is in complete contrast with what is obtainable elsewhere.
“It is not healthy for the survival of the schools,” he said.
Dakogol declared that the strike would continue until reasonable and concrete agreement has been reached between the union and the government.