The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has threatened to go on strike if the Federal Government goes ahead with its plan to stop paying the salaries of teachers of University Demonstration Primary Schools.
This was issued in a statement via the National Vice Chairman, Eastern Region of SSANU, Dr. Leku Ador, when he led members of the union on a protest march at the University of Port Harcourt in Choba, Rivers State.
Ador called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter by directing the Federal Ministry of Education to withdraw the circular, adding that if he fails to intervene, the group will have no choice than to convene a meeting that will lead to the withdrawal of their services from universities.
He said, “The industrial action, which will be unprecedented, will not only affect students and the education sector, but will question President Buhari’s promise of creating employment for Nigerians.”
“Recently, we received a circular from the Federal Ministry of Education with intent to disengage from funding of UDPS in the country.
“National Salaries and Wages Commission together with the Nigerian Universities Commission and the Ministry of Education were part of our negotiation in SSANU-Federal Government 2009 agreement.
“This agreement contained, among others that government will continue to fund UDPS-Staff schools in our various federal universities.”