Strike Alert: Tertiary Institutions’ Workers in Kogi State Issue Deadline for Salary Payment

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The umbrella groups of labour unions in Kogi State, Joint Action Committee (JAC), has urged the state government to offset salaries of workers in its tertiary institutions before December 20 to avert indefinite industrial action.

The JAC in a communique signed by its chairman and secretary, Boluromi Sunday and Matthew Joseph Olasunkanmi, said the list of cleared workers sent to all tertiary institutions omitted names, and that those from 2015 and 2016 were not still cleared.

It alleged that some members of schools’ governing councils have no experience, pedigree or integrity needed to be on such boards.

It recommended that the government should direct management and governing councils of various tertiary institutions in the state to implement policies as at when due to avoid backlog of arrears.

It added that some institutions still engage casual workers which is not in line with international labour standard.

The group observed that some principal officers of the institutions are on acting capacity, therefore limiting their performance, and advised the government to appoint substantive principal officers in the affected institutions.

It urged the government to as a matter of urgency direct the management of the College of Education Kabba, to regularize the appointment of affected staff for effective service delivery.

It also noted that some of the tertiary institutions, including the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Obangede, have no full accreditation of some of their courses.

It said there was the urgent need for government and JAC to meet on or before December 20, 2016 to deliberate.

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