Tutorial Workers Union (ASUU) of IBB University Lapai, says it has commenced an indefinite strike, as a result of nonpayment of its N530 million excellent allowances by the Niger state authorities.
Dr Salahu Lawal, ASSU Chairman, IBB University Chapter, advised Information Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Lapai, on Saturday that the choice was taken after the expiration of the week-long warning strike embarked by the union on March 7.
He mentioned that the chapter executives had been invited by the state authorities over the problem however they had been unwilling to pay the allowances that had accrued since 2009.
“Niger state authorities begged us that it’ll pay N350 million whereas we forfeit N150 million; we can’t afford such a loss, it’s enormous.
“That is the cash we labored for and it needs to be paid us in full; really, they needed to pay us however they insisted in paying N350 million;
that could be a breach and we’re not going to take it.
“This cash we’re asking for is accrued cash from our allowances, this cash we earned it, we’re not begging for it.
“They mentioned they don’t have cash to clear the backlog, we’re not going to simply accept their supply. They need us to forfeit a part of the cash we can’t as a result of a few of our members died whereas ready for this cash.
”I’m positive if that they had paid this cash, a few of them would have used it for his or her medical care and will not have died,” he mentioned.
Lawal mentioned that the youngsters of the deceased had been anxiously anticipating the cash to off-set loads of debt they incurred and known as on the federal government to have a rethink and do the needful.
“We now have an ethical burden to not negotiate on this matter as a result of a lot of our members have died whereas ready for this cash,’’ he mentioned.
In the meantime, Mr Jide Orintunsin, Senior Media Assistant to Gov. Abubakar Bello, mentioned that the debt was not incurred by the current administration somewhat; it was inherited from the earlier administration.
In response to him, members of the union weren’t being cheap in view of the monetary challenges of the administration was coping with.
“We now have many competing points jostling for monetary consideration, these points are many and we try to do one thing with the little assets we have now.
“We pays however in phases, they need to bear with us and settle for in good religion what we’re keen to pay now,” he mentioned.
Bello who appealed to ASUU to sheath their sword, mentioned that persevering with the strike doesn’t augur effectively for the tutorial system.
He nonetheless, urged them to rethink the supply of N350 million.