The Taraba State University academic staff union has commenced an indefinite strike after it became clear that the state government has refused to pay staff allowances since 2014 and non-improvement of university facilities.
In a statement signed by Samuel Shikka and Atando Agbu, the chairman and secretary of ASUU Taraba respectively, the union stated that the state government has abandoned the law that established the university.
“Law no 4 of 2008 specifies that five per cent of the state allocation, five per cent of the local government allocation and two per cent of all contracts would be used in funding the university, but all of these have been neglected.
“The ASUU executive council of the Taraba State University has resumed the strike action over issues of funding, which led to non-payment of earned academic allowances from 2014 till date, non-provision of required infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning,” the statement read.
The union enjoined Darius Ishaku, Governor of Taraba State, to listen to the demands of the lecturers as they are working in the best interest of the university.