On Wednesday, students at Taraba State University, Jalingo, joined chapters of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities in the university to protest poor living conditions.
While speaking to journalists in Jalingo, Chairman of the Joint Action Committee of the unions, Livinus Naiman, lamented what he called the “insensitivity of the school’s management” to the strike and vowed to resist any form of intimidation.
According to the Nigerian News Agency, the two unions began an indefinite strike three weeks ago over charges of poor welfare.
“It is a union matter and Congress has unanimously agreed that the school management must fulfil all the promises first, before the ongoing strike will be called off.
“Since we embarked on strike, nobody cared to call us to hear our grievances; instead of paying us what rightly belonged to us, the powers that be devised other means of intimidating our members.
“They said they will invoke the illegal policy of ‘no work no pay’ but we are determined to go on,” Naiman said.
He said the students joined in the protest because there was no water and electricity, since the non-academic staff union embarked on the strike, with no intervention from anyone.
When contacted, Mallam Sanusi Sa’ad, the Director of Information of the university, declined comments on the issues raised by the two unions.