By Marie-Therese Nanlong.
Jos—Over 1,250 academic and non-academic staff of Plateau State owned institutions have left the services of their institutions for greener pasture in the last three years as the result of poor working conditions and frustrating academic environment.
However, in a bid to remedy the situation, the Joint Union of Plateau State-owned Tertiary Institutions, JUPTI has given the state government two weeks ultimatum to address issues confronting such institutions or face mass resignation.
The unions said it was worrisome that government had stopped giving subventions to the institutions as well as turned them into an arm of the Ministry of Education.
At a news conference yesterday in Jos, the Chairman of JUPTI, Victor Dawurung appealed for the understanding of the public within the period the strike would last as government had remained adamant on the challenges facing the state- owned institutions in the past 20 months despite repeated pleas by workers.
According to Dawurung; “We were 3,800 in number but in the past three years, over 1,250 have left; our members are suffering from being over worked, frustration and low morale which could lead to untimely death.