By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Tertiary institutions in Kogi State has suspended the five months old strike action embarked upon by all lecturers over non payment of salaries.
While addressing Journalists yesterday, the Chairman of Joint Action Committee of Tertiary institutions, Comrade Moses Balogun who disclosed this shortly after closed door meeting with government officials at the office of Commissioner for Eduaction in Lokoja yesterday,say it was suspended just for one month
Comrade Balogun explained that JAC of the Tertiary institutions in Kogi State has agreed to suspend the protracted strike action following the intervention of the Governing councils of the institutions.
He stressed that the strike action was suspended for just four weeks to enable the State Government to resolve all the outstanding issues, such as full payment of all salaries and payment of April and May salaries
to all members before Friday 22nd,2017.
He noted that the strike action was commenced on January 31st,2017 and end on 21st June 2017, adding that within the next one month the government is expected to resolve all the salary issues.
“We are are suspending the strike action because we have respect for the members of the governing council”
Comrade Balogun appealed to the State government to stop the new tax rate, therefore directed all the members to resume duty on Thursday 22nd June 2017.
He also admonished the State Government not to allow them to return for the strike again.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Education, Honourable Sunday Tolorunleke stated that the meeting with JAC was very successful, noting that MOU has been signed between the government and JAC, signifying the end of the crisis.
He assured that the State Government will not renage in its promises, saying that all other issues would be resolved amicably.