• The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Taraba State University chapter, said it would suspend its three-month-old strike as soon as the state government gives a cash-backing to the N100 million cheque issued to the union.

    The ASUU chairman, Dr Reuben Jonathan, gave the condition in Jalingo while reacting to the call by the government that the union should suspend the strike.

    It was reported that the state government gave the union a bounced cheque for N100 million in March, as part payment for the lecturers’ outstanding allowances of over N400 million.

    Jonathan, however, urged the government to fulfill its commitments.

    He said that though the bounced cheque was issued by the immediate past administration, the present administration should respect the earlier agreement “because government is continuity”.

    Jonathan said the strike persisted till date due to lack of sincerity and commitment by the past administration.

    He, however, expressed the union’s willingness to suspend the strike if the present administration was ready to meet part of its demands while negotiation continued.

    He urged Gov. Darius Ishaku to give priority to the funding of the university to enhance quality education.

    The union leader also called for improvement in the welfare of the institution’s staff to enable them offer the best to their students. (NAN)

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