From Francis Nansak,Lafia
The meeting between the delegation of Nasarawa State Government and the striking staff of the three state owned tertiary institutions ended in deadlock.
Speaking with Newsmen on Friday in Lafia after the meeting, Abari Aboki, State Head of Civil Service, who led the government delegation, said the meeting was aimed at appealing to the striking workers to suspend the strike.
According to him, “We had met and listened to their demands and we have also appealed to them to suspend the strike given that transition process had began.
“The government had already set up machinery in place for transition of government to the governor elect on May 29, therefore it would be difficult meeting their demands at the same period,” the Head of Civil Service added.
Similarly, Clement Uhembe, Commissioner of Higher Education, also said that most of the demands of the union were old ones.
He said that the current government of Umaru Al-Makura inherited the problems from the previous government.
The Commissioner further explained that the government had implemented most of the recommendations of the white paper reports of the investigative panels in the affected institutions.
He therefore appealed to the union to suspend the strike in order to give the government opportunity to implement other recommendations bordering on staff welfare.
Reacting differently, Paul Usani, Chairman of the Join Union, said though they had met with the government delegation, but the strike continues because government did not bring anything new to the table.
“We will continue to stay at home until all our demands are met,” the Chairman added.
The AUTHORITY observed that the Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions had embarked on strike since February 12 to press home its demands of better welfare of its members among other retirement benefits.