Written by Godfrey AKON

Fresh crisis looms in varsities

A strike action by non-academic staff unions of Nigerian universities is in the offing, just about three months after the unions embarked on a similar industrial action.

The latest threat follows what the unions have described as the failure of the Federal Government to implement agreements previously reached with them.

General Secretary of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, told journalists in Abuja that agreements reached with the unions to  suspend its strike in March, 2018 has not been implemented by the government.

Adeyemi, who is also the Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, said the unions have exhausted all avenues to pressure the government to implement the agreement it reached with them.

He further noted that leaders of the unions have scheduled a meeting for Wednesday July 4, 2918 after which a decision will be taken.

“So we have told our members that after our meeting of 4th of July, which will be holding with all our members across the country, we will take a resolution to resume the suspended strike,” he said.

The unions are the non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU.

“The only way you can check a government that is insensitive is to vote those in government out. We have been on this issue for several years. As trade unions, we appear to be confused about what to do.

“We dialogue with government, they sign MoU, they say in five weeks everything will happen. And after the five weeks, nothing happens and you try to access them they are inaccessible,” he stated.

 

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