Written by Godfrey AKON

SSANU, NASU to begin indefinite strike Feb 5

Nigerian universities are bracing for another bout of industrial action as the non-teaching staff of the institutions say they are proceeding on a total strike on February 5, 2021.

The non-academic staff unions under the aegis of Joint Action Committee, JAC, said the action has become necessary following federal government’s failure to address their grievances.

The unions include: Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU.

In a statement issued last Friday, the unions also announced the immediate commencement of a two-week warning strike.

The unions had embarked on a three-day protest over government’s failure to honour the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed with them in 2020.

National President of SSANU, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim and General Secretary NASU, Prince Peters Adeyemi, in a joint briefing in Abuja, told journalists that out of the seven issues under contention, only one was partially resolved.

According to them, some issues such as inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, non-payment of Earned Allowances, non-payment of arrears of national minimum wage, delay in a renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members.

Other issues are; teaching staff usurping headship of non-teaching units in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures, neglect and poor funding of state universities, and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.

“Out of the seven issues, only one has been partially resolved while the other six issues have not been attended to by the government, three months after the Memorandum of Understanding was signed.”

“It is in line with the resolution of our members nationwide that the leadership of the joint action committee of NASU and SSANU hereby resolve as follows; “That members of NASU and SSANU shall embark on an indefinite, comprehensive, and total strike with effect from midnight of Friday, 5th February 2021. “That two weeks’ notice effective from today, Friday 22nd January 2021, is hereby given to the government and relevant stakeholders of this development,” the unions said.

 

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