Education : Gov Agbu Orders Payment of Outstanding Salaries of Lecturers and Staff of the Taraba State University

Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

Taraba State Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas has ordered the immediate release of three months’ Salaries, of their salaries from July to September 2023.

This was the outcome of the meeting of the Governor with the Management of the University and union leaders at the Exco Chamber Government House, Jalingo this Monday while addressing the gathering of management of Taraba State University Jalingo, ASSU, and other Union leadership and representatives of the students union.

The Governor condemned the threat of imminent strikes from the unions and said the issues of outstanding salaries in the Institution was inherited by the immediate past administration of former Governor Darius Ishaku, adding that he is going to address them all.

The Governor observed that addressing the outstanding payment is not only a matter of financial responsibility but a moral obligation to the educators.

According to him, he understood the gravity of the situation and challenges confronting the Institution and acknowledged the contributions of the academic staff in shaping the future of the state through education.

He identified dialogue and understanding as a way of resolving problems confronting the Taraba State University, Jalingo.

He described the academic staff as builders of dreams and guardians of the future of the younger generation.

He reiterated the commitment to prompt payment of salaries, pension, and gratuity and said he is committed to the implementation of the minimum wage by October, 2023.

He describe the students of the University as the heart and soul of the educational system and urged them to focus on their studies.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of Taraba State University, Prof Sunday Bako commended the Governor for convening the meeting, describing it as the first of its kind, and for agreeing to offset three months’ Salaries of the Institution.

On his part, the Chairman of ASUU, TSU chapter, Dr Mbave Garba lauded the sincerity of Governor Kefas Agbu in resolving issues that affect the welfare of staff and creating a conducive academic environment.

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