Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:04 am
The Joint Action Committee of Tertiary institutions in Kogi state has vow to continues its strike pending further negotiations by the union to bring the industrial impasse to a peaceful end.
JAC in a communique jointly signed by it’s chairman and Secretary, Boluromi Sunday and Awodi Joel respectively also urged the state governor, Yahaya Bello to be wary of some “Czar” in his government who are overzealous and over ambitious in initiating inhuman policies that provokes reactions from the masses.
JAC said they are surprised to hear that salaries have been paid to date when their records show that cleared staff have not been paid to date.
“These people are still our staff and have not been found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction; therefore, they should be paid to date. Selective payment has been observed in the payment of cleared staff.
“A lot of our staff studying abroad are in limbo because they are neither cleared nor uncleared. Contrary to government’s pronouncement at the stakeholders meeting of 30th April, 2017 their records shows that they have neither been cleared nor paid”.
They advised government to liase with the governing councils with a view to discussing and ameliorating the peculiar needs of the respective institutions in good time urging the council to act immediately on the issue of 2015/2016 employment to avoid close down of some faculties and departments.
They further berated government propaganda posture portraying the refund of over deducted tax amount as free rebate noting that it was money unjustly deducted in excess of tax rate over the years which government has agreed to refund; and not a gift.