The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Academic and Non-Academic Staff Unions Bauchi State Tertiary institutions has declared a 14-day warning strike.
The industrial action takes effect from Wednesday, 19th to Sunday, 30th July 2022 in order to draw the attention of the Government to the legitimate demands of its members.
The Chairman and Secretary General of the association in a joint statement in Bauchi Friday said the move becomes necessary considering the magnitude of the issues bedvedling their memebers amid continuous government silence.
The union leaders demanded that all its members with outstanding salaries should be paid immediately, calling for immediate resumption of promotion implementation and annual increment which were abruptly stopped without any official communication since the inception of the Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir-led PDP government.
“We need to be engaged at all levels for necessary inputs for betterment and security of our members’ rights.
“We are watching with keen interest and hoping that other entitlements that go with it are also included, such as the annual increments.
“It is with a deep sense of responsibility, trust and burden bestowed on us by our respective congresses that we convened this meeting.
“The journey so far has been so long. Forces and life challenges have been so unimaginably unpredictable. JAC, in its cause of seeking justice, has interacted with the office of the Head of Civil Service, the Accountant General, the Commissioner of Education, Council Chairmen, and various stakeholders in the State.
“We appreciate their numerous audiences and genuine attempts to address our perennial and seriously disturbing problems. Equally of note is the laudable effort of His Excellency, Sen. Abdulkadir Bala Mohammed, Executive Governor of Bauchi State, in trying to clean and have a robust payroll payment system for the State”.
“JAC has equally written to the Government, series of letters, containing details of its problems/ demands/anomalies and consequences but without tangible result.
“Therefore, on 30th May 2022, JAC finally wrote a letter to His Excellency Sen. Abdulkadir Bala Mohammed, Executive Governor of Bauchi State, urging him to intervene in our plight. In our letter to His Excellency, we issued a one-month ultimatum for the Government to address these demands”, the statement read in parts.
According to him, “Based on these and some other issues mentioned above, JAC held a meeting and resolved to convey this information to the Government for possible positive development.”