…Over delayed payment of monthly salaries.
by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Bauchi State Academic Staff of 5 Tertiary Institutions, which include Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, State College of Agriculture, Aminu Saleh College of Education, Misau College of Legal and Islamic Studies and Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education, has resolve to go on 2 weeks’ warning strike over delayed payment of their monthly salaries.
The instructions, through their Joint Action Committee (JAC), issued a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and the Secretary-General of the Committee, Abdulkadir Muhammad and Ibrahim Bala Abdallah, recently, and issued to newsmen in Bauchi.
The warning strike, which begins on the 19th of July, 2022, to 30th July, 2022, was to press home their demands from the government, which is the immediate payment of all outstanding salaries of its members.
The statement also called for the immediate resumption of promotion implementation and annual increment, which were abruptly stopped without any official communication, since the inception of the present government in the state.
The Committee objected to the “untimely imposition of staffs into the proposed
Contributory Pension Scheme,” a venture, which it said, is being avoided by some federal institutions due to untold hardships caused on workers, adding that, this has become necessary because staffs of the institutions need to be engaged at all levels for necessary inputs for betterment and security of members’ rights.
The statement also called for the implementation of the consequential adjustments, which they argued, was never finalized with the organized labour, as they similarly rejected the deductions/proposed increment in deductions for the health contributory scheme otherwise called BASHMA.
It explained that, it was based on these and some other issues mentioned above that it held a meeting and resolved to convey the aforementioned information to the State Government for possible, positive development.
The Committee noted that, in the cause of seeking justice, they interacted with Office of the Head of Civil Service, the Accountant-General, the Commissioner of Education, Council Chairmen, and various stakeholders in the state.
It noted the laudable effort of Governor Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad, in trying to clean and have a robust Payroll Payment system for the state, adding that, they had equally written to the government series of letters containing details of its problems/demands/anomalies and consequences but without tangible result.
According to the Committee, it finally wrote a letter to the governor urging him to intervene in their plight, in which the Committee issued a one-month ultimatum for the State Government to address their demands.