The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of Taraba State University yesterday said it would suspend its strike if the state government could provide money for it to clear the N100 million cheque issued to the union in March this year.
Chairman of ASUU in the university, Dr Reuben Jonathan, who was reacting to calls by the government to call off its three-month-old strike, said government should not expect the union to call off its strike without receiving any commitment to their demands.
He noted that the immediate past administration issued a N100 million cheque to the union as part payment for their unpaid allowances but that the said cheque bounced.
Dr Jonathan, who said the union embarked on strike due to lack of sincerity and commitment on the part of the past government in the state, expressed willingness to suspend its strike if the present administration is ready to meet part of their demands while negotiation continues.
He urged the present administration of Governor Darius Ishaku to give priority to the funding of the university to enhance quality education, just as he called for improvement of staff welfare to enable them offer the best to the university.
He said insinuation that lecturers usually embarked on strike without regard for students welfare, was a gross misconception. He added that all the strikes they had embarked upon were for genuine reasons.