Gusau Col­lege shuts down over pay cuts

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Shehu Umar, Gusau

The Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion Aca­demic Staff Union (COEASU) Fed­eral Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion (Tech­ni­cal) Gusau has em­barked on an in­def­i­nite strike ac­tion over salary de­duc­tions. The chair­man of the union,Aliyu Sarkin Rafi, said the strike was due to the man­age­ment’s fail­ure to re­solve some is­sues which in­cluded stop­page of il­le­gal de­duc­tions of staff salaries, im­me­di­ate pay­ment of the two months ar­rears of the de­ducted salaries, im­ple­men­ta­tion of 2015 pro­mo­tion and pay ar­rears with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

He said oth­ers were un­con­di­tional re-en­gage­ment of the staff sus­pended over ex­cur­sion trip, sus­pen­sion of ev­ery com­mit­tee and its re­port that was set up to tar­nish the good im­age of the mem­bers and non-par­tic­i­pa­tion in de­gree pro­grammes un­til con­crete agree­ment is reached and im­ple­mented.

In his re­ac­tion to the devel­op­ment, the Reg­is­trar of the in­sti­tu­tion, Mal­lam Aliyu Umar, said the is­sue of de­duc­tions of salaries was due to short­fall in mon­e­tary al­lo­ca­tion from the Fed­eral Min­istry of Fi­nance and that two months ar­rears had al­ready been paid to the staff.

“On the is­sue of sus­pended staff, the col­lege had taken dis­ci­plinary mea­sures against them af­ter it was dis­cov­ered that they erred in that ex­cur­sion trip. Our stu­dents were way­laid by armed rob­bers in Niger State and their be­long­ings carted away.

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