ACADEMIC Staff Union Secondary Schools, ASUSS; Nasarawa state chapter has called on the state government to address the issue of exclusion of some members of the union from payment voucher, PV, in the state to avert possible industrial action by the union.
Chairman of the union, Comrade Gabriel Agbashi, made the call yesterday while speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting of the union’s state executive council in Lafia.
He regretted that report of the exclusion of the names of many teachers in the payment-voucher of the state government during the ongoing process of payment of September salaries has caused untold hardship to the affected members.
“Apart from the omission of names, some problems experienced by
teachers in the process of the ongoing screening include; under
payments, stress in collecting cheque among others”.
He revealed that the union has set machinery in motion to receive reports from all affected teachers and forward same to the organised labour at the state level with a view to addressing the issues and advised the state government to take urgent steps towards correcting the already identified problems and other abnormalities.
Agbashi insisted that the state government must use the PV used in the payment of August salaries which had no problem in paying October salaries and other subsequent salaries for teachers in the state.
He lamented that since the screening started on September 21, most
teachers could no longer go to work as they have to avail themselves
daily at screening centres and advised the state government to consider timing in any subsequent screening so that schools would not be left abandoned without teaching and supervision as being experienced currently.
Reacting to the issues raised by the union, Permanent Secretary in the state ministry of education, science and technology appealed to approach the issues with understanding as the problems encountered were not deliberate, calling on the union to channel all complains to the appropriate quarters in the ministry for prompt actions.

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