The Chairman Joint Unions of Plateau State-owned Tertiary Institutions, JUPTI, Comrade Pail Dakogol has encouraged the state tertiary institutions to imbibe the spirit of commitment and leadership.
He commended the Governor Simon Bako Lalong for his concern towards improving the educational standard of the state.
The chairman who made this commendation during the presentations of excellent awards to deserving personalities said even though the state government under Gov. Lalong’s led team has done well in improving labor/ government relations, there is the need for the government to step up efforts towards addressing other challenges facing JUPTI in the state.
“It will interest you to know that within the past two years of this administration, some progress has been made towards addressing the various myriad of problems confronting tertiary education in the state including a prolonged strike, backlog of salaries and pension allowances running to eight months.
“Today, we have relatively friendly labour/government relationship and funds for accreditation and reaccreditation of academic programmes have been released. The Governor has also approved implementation of the CONTISS 15 migration”.
He, however, appeals to the state government to correct the table that was distorted by the previous regime as was agreed and as contained in the 2016 court agreement with the government.
“We plead for the reconstitution of governing boards which is long overdue, as well as the recruitment of staff to augment the manpower deficit in the institutions”.
Also speaking, Rector of the Plateau state polytechnic, Dauda Gyemang commended the state government for the passion for the sustainable growth and advancement of education and manpower development in the state.
He called on union leaders to toe the path of dialogue with the government in any demand, saying it is the best way of resolving issues.
Responding to questions from newsmen, Chairman planning committee who is also ASUP Chairman, Gizo Jankwat, said JUPTI awards is aimed at motivating beneficiaries to be more committed to their areas of assignments.