The Cross River state University of Technology CRUTECH staff has been on a total strike to express its frustration over the non-payment of two months’ salaries as well as other outstanding allowances.
Academic activities in the Cross River state University of Technology CRUTECH have been paralyzed due to an indefinite strike embarked upon by the workers.
The workers vowed that the ongoing industrial action would not be called off untill the state government accede to their demands.
The workers accused government of being insensitive to the plight of their welfare.
The CRUTECH workers alleged that the institution has been totally neglected by the state government.
Students, who returned from the Christmas holidays, and were eager to returned to school were disappointed with the development.
They said they will only resume duties when their demands are met
The workers appealed to parents and students to understand
Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the school, Dr. Stephen Ochang, accused the Cross River State government of being insensitive to the plight of the university workers.
Ochang disclosed that the four industrial unions in CRUTECH wrote to the state government last November demanding the payment of salary arrears and other outstanding allowances owed them.
The ASUU chairman expressed dismay over the inability of the state government to meet its financial obligation to the university noting ‘salaries are no longer paid regularly.’
Other demands of the unions include the release of N500 million to upgrade facilities in the institution as well as release of fund to pay earned allowances.
Ochang said the unions are also demanding for the increase of the university’s monthly subvention from N169 million to N250 million “to enable the institution management pay salaries and allowance accrued to staff regularly.”
Another issue in dispute, it was learnt, is the non release of the report of the Visitation Panel set up by the state government.
The panel had reportedly decried the poor funding of the university with about 20 programmes offered by the university not accredited.
It was also gathered that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has threatened to withdraw the partial accreditation granted CRUTECH due to lack of required facilities.
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