The entrance of the Senate Building of the Taraba State University Jalingo remained under locked and barricaded by members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Taraba state university, and the Non-academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU), protesting over non-payment of October salaries as well as earned and hazard allowances.
The non-academic staff who embarked on the peaceful protest on Monday 6/12/2021, vowed not to vacate the major entrance to the Senate Building of the institution until their salaries are been paid.
They alleged that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vincent Tenebe had selected some staff among them and paid them their November salary and allowances but denied others.
Still, on Tuesday 7/12/2021, the angry protesters prevented entrance and exit of vehicles and staff members working in the Senate Building.
Speaking to Journalists during the protest, the Chairman of the union, Linus Williams informed that the unions had two weeks back decided to call off a one month strike they embarked upon following a meeting they held with the Chairman of the university council, Ambassador Idris Waziri.
The chairman who expressed dismay over the careless attitude of the school management on the plight of members of the unions noted that they suspended the strike base on conditions in which the management was in turn intentionally derailing.
According to him, they were convinced because the management expended 32 million naira in payment of promotion allowances, including earned allowances and also released APPER form to members for promotions.
“This compliance is not even up to half of our demands but we felt that the management would continue to be sincere.”
“To our greatest dismay, they in turn deprived us of October salaries. They have alleged in the last letter they sent to us that our members are not coming to work which is a blatant lie.
Also lamenting, some members of the unions, said called on Governor Darius Ishaku to sack the VC, Prof. Tenebe and appoint an indigene for the overall good for the people of Taraba State.
“It’s quite unfortunate that this is a community university in which every citizen is expected to feel its impact but to our greatest dismay, the reverse is the case. For us, they must pay us our salaries else this Senate Building will remain closed forever”. They insist.
When contacted for comment on the matter, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe did not pick up calls put to him neither respond to SMS sent by our Correspondent.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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