The Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, Professor Yohanna Izam has pleaded with the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), chapter of the institution not to join the nationwide strike since the school does not operate the contentious Integrated Personnel Payroll information System (IPPIS).
He described the national ASUU strike as unfortunate, coming at time when the university was pleading with its staff to resume from the strike earlier embarked by the lecturers as result of unpaid earned allowances.
It would be recalled that both ASUU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) PLASU Chapters had in December, 2021 embarked on strike demanding the state government release the sum of N310 million for the payment of Earned Allowances owned its members in Plateau State University from 2010 to 2020.
The Vice Chancellor stated this on Thursday when he inspected a new Senate building constructed under the 2019 Tetfund Special high-impact project was awarded in Plateau State University, Bokkos.
“We were almost closing out on the local issues following the intervention of Governor Barr. Simon Lalong who has graciously released N100 million for the staff and we were discussing with all the staff either two or three sessions, while in the case of the ASUU we had agreed on three sessions while other unions two sessions earned allowance and arrears,” he said.
He pleaded with the staff of the university not to join the ASUU strike since the institution doesn’t operate IPPIS and the state government has also expressed its commitment towards the payment of the earned allowance and arrears.