The striking lecturers of the Nasarawa State university Keffi, (NSUK) under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has slashed its demand and agreed to suspend its over two-months-old strike after meeting with the Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah led-Governing Council of the institution.
Briefing newsmen after the union’s emergency congress in Keffi on Wednesday, the chairman of the union, Dr. Theophilous Lagi, said the Governing Council met with ASUU officials and all the issues in contention were looked upon accordingly and have agreed in principle to suspend the strike.
He said it was during the meeting that the council chairman, Bishop Mathew Kukah, conveyed government’s willingness to pay 20% EAA, along with the three months salary arrears.
Explaining that after intensive deliberation, the union agreed but insisted that unless the state government fulfills the promise before the union would suspend the over two months old industrial.
“ASUU also asked the state government to pay the striking lecturers their outstanding three months salaries as terms, if they must return back to class room,” he added.
“We have agreed to suspend the strike, if government fulfills its own part of the deal. If they do that today, we are ready to resume work tomorrow “, he assured.
The council chairman who expressed joy and happiness over the discussions and resolution, reiterated government’s commitment to review the promotion guideline and the 2015 promotion exercise, after receiving inputs from the institution’s appointment and promotion committee and ASUU.
Bishop Kukah further pledged the council’s resolve to work hand-in-hand with ASUU on yet to be drafted University Law, after which the draft copy would be forwarded to the state ministry of Justice for further processing and ratification, which would be ready in two months’ time, he assured.
On the high tax deduction, Bishop Kukah said, already the state government has set up a committee to review the current tax rate being paid by the lecturers, adding that, the Council would still intimate the state Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, on the matter as part of his commitment to lessen the burden of high tax deduction on them.
Meanwhile, the state government has pledged to immediately provide to the university N202 million with additional N50 million for emolument and capital expenditure respectively.
Before it’s last meeting with the university council, ASUU had consistently maintained it’s position not to compromise its stand, unless all their demands were met.