The academic and non academic staff unions in five tertiary institutions in Bauchi State have suspended their ongoing warning strike embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee (JAC).
In a press statement signed by JAC Chairman, Comrade Abdulkadir Mohammed, the suspension followed the commitment of the state government to address the pressing issues that led to the strike.
Mohammed, while appreciating its members for their unalloyed support, cooperation and continuous prayers for the success of the struggle, directed them to resume work immediately.
He, however, indicated that the suspension is subjected to the conditions that no single JAC member’s salary tightrope should be left unattended to as promised by the state government. Additionally, implementation of promotions should go concurrently with the yearly increment as JAC cannot accommodate split implementation.
The chairman said all issues associated with 65 years retirement age should be addressed once and for all, and all outstanding issues such as consequential adjustments, proposed Contributory Pension Scheme and Contributory Health scheme should also be addressed.
His words: “The JAC at its emergency meeting held at Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi resolved to suspend the warning strike and convey it to the general public. We acknowledged the concern of the State Government, particularly that of the Head of Service and the Honorable Commissioner of Education over the contentious issues.
“The zeal of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Abdulkadir Bala Muhammad (Kauran Bauchi) to respond positively to our problems is also highly appreciated. But however from now to the payment of August 2022 salary, JAC will review progress and decide on the next line of action as appropriate.”
The five tertiary institutions are, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi, Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education Kangere, Aminu Saleh College of Education Azare as well as AD Rufai College of Legal Studies.