Classes will resume Monday at Plateau State Polytechnic after teachers suspend a three-month strike, The PUNCH learned on Wednesday.

“I have instructed the Registrar of the Polytechnic to prepare a memo asking the students to return to campus immediately.

“We don’t want to lose any more time after the union members called off their strike. But from Monday the lectures in the instruction will start’, says rector of the institution, John Dawan, in an interview with our correspondent in Jos on Wednesday.

The Plateau State Department of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, along with six other tertiary institutions in the state, had declared an indefinite strike in June 2022 over issues bordering on their well-being.

It was learned that the Joint Union, Academic Staff of Plateau state-owned tertiary institutions agreed to suspend the strike after meeting government officials on Tuesday.

JUAPSTI chairman Dabam Lawam confirmed the suspension of the strike in the seven tertiary institutions in the state to The PUNCH in Jos on Wednesday

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Lawam, who is a lecturer at the College of Arts Science and Technology, Kurgwi in the state’s Quan-Pan Local Government Area, said: “Yes, it is true that all seven tertiary institutions in the state that have been on strike since June agreed to suspend the strike.

“We met with state government officials on Tuesday, including the head of state and the permanent secretary, and they signed an agreement on behalf of the government before agreeing to suspend the strike.

“It is now up to the management of the various tertiary institutions to set the date of resumption, but our members are ready to go to work because we have suspended the strike.”

When asked what it says in the agreement the union signed with the state government, the union leader said:

“During the negotiations, we presented five issues and the government has agreed to implement them, including our demand for consolidation of our salary structure, implementation of employee promotions, cessation of illegal deductions from our salaries and the issue of non-payment of third parties – party deductions and recruitment of personnel to serve the large student populations, among other things.

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“We are aware of the government’s stance in the past to renounce the agreement, but we have decided to give them the benefit of the doubt this time.

“Any time we discover insincerity on the part of the government regarding the implementation of the agreement, we have no choice but to resume the strike,” the chairman added.

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