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News Updated: March 13, 2024

Benue varsity ASUU suspends strike

By Adekunle Obas
March 13, 2024
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Benue State University (ASUU-BSU) Branch, Makurdi, has announced the suspension of its strike action.

This decision was communicated through a statement issued by the chairman, Comrade Kwagfan Tarnongo, and the secretary, Comrade Terrumun Gajir, and subsequently made available to journalists in Makurdi on Wednesday.

The BSU ASUU had commenced the strike on February 1, 2024, to press for the implementation and payment of accrued arrears of promotions for the years 2021, 2022, and 2023.

The decision to suspend the strike signifies a positive step toward resolving the issues raised by the academic staff members, which will ultimately contribute to the resumption of academic activities at Benue State University.

"Implementation and payment of accrued arrears of annual incremental step, April 2023 salary arrears, shortfall in the salaries of staff of the College of Health Sciences as well as payment of Earned Academic Allowance, payment of sundry allowances(PG, GST, EPS, SANDWICH etc) among others..

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The union said that based on the personal intervention of the visitor to the University, Governor Hyacinth Alia and his personal appeal and assurances that all the grievances of ASUU-BSU will be resolved as soon as it suspends the strike action.

"The Congress therefore mandated the Branch Executive Committee to enter into the tripartite agreement.

"Thus, the Congress of ASUU-BSU resolved to suspend the strike action in deference to the intervention of the Visitor and Executive governor of Benue State.

"The Congress of ASUU-BSU firmly believes that the government under Governor Hyacinth Alia shall ensure that the agreement is implemented fully, expeditiously, and satisfactorily.

"In view of the foregoing, and following permission from ASUU National, ASUU-BSU wishes to inform the public that the strike it embarked upon on the 1st February 2024 has been suspended today, Wednesday 13 March 2024," the statement read in parts.

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