Tertiary Institutions Begin Indefinite Strike in Nasarawa

by Oluwatobi Tedunjaiye
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-Demands removal of State Head of Civil Service

The staff members of tertiary institutions in Nasarawa State commenced indefinite strike over exclusion from promotion activities in the state.

This came as a result of their barring from the ongoing implementation of promotions and annual increment of workers’ salaries across the state.

The workers consist of staff from the three higher institutions in the state which are: Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic, Lafia; the College of Education Akwanga; and College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia respectively.

Accordingly, the institutions’ workers requested the instant removal of Mr Nicholas Abari Aboki, the state Head of Civil Service over their exclusion from the promotion exercise

Dr Ada Benjamin, the Chairman, Joint Union of Nasarawa State Tertiary Institutions speaking at a press conference in the state capital of Lafia, further stressed that the strike would continue until they were captured in the promotion exercise.

In addition, he noted that the issue of non-promotion and annual increment of workers’ salaries, which involved all categories of workers in the state payroll had lingered on for over ten years.

He therefore expressed dissatisfaction that the workers in the state-owned tertiary institutions were excluded from the implementation.

In response to this, Mr Nicholas Abari Aboki, the state Head of Civil Service, although silent about the call for his removal, tagged the strike as illegal.

This, he noted was due to the fact that the workers did not follow the due process.

He however, stated that the letter containing their complaint has already been placed before the state governor.

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