The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) has on Wednesday delivered that the Federal Government will no longer pay the salaries of staff schools in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
This was made known via the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Chief Richard Egbule, during a news briefing in Abuja.
It was also learnt that the University workers under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) had threaten to embark on strike for non-funding of staff schools by the Federal Government.
“I would like to appeal to staff unions not to distract the new government with unnecessary demands. The government has stopped payment of salaries of members of staff in the primary and secondary schools in these tertiary institutions and the decision is final,” he said.
Egbule said the proposed strike action by SSANU was uncalled for as government was not responsible for the funding of staff schools in higher institutions.
However, the National President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, disclosed to reporters in Abuja that the government’s decision would contravene an earlier agreement reached between government and relevant associations in 2009.
According to him, the agreement, was that government would continue with the funding of recurrent and capital expenditures of universities’ staff schools.
“An institution (the National Universities Commission), that is supposed to advise the government rightly is not doing so. We are calling on the government to do the needful and what is right. This is the last warning and you will not hear from us again until we take action because strike is imminent,” he threatened.