Trouble For Nigerian Universities As NAAT, NASU, SSANU Begin Indefinite Strike

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Lecturers In Colleges Of Education Threaten To Embark On Indefinite Strike

The non-academic staff unions in federal and state universities in Nigeria will on Monday, December 4, 2017 embark on an indefinite strike to protest the sharing formula of the N23billion released by the Federal Government to settle their earned allowances.

The decision to resume the suspended strike was taken at a crucial meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) made up of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) held in Abuja.

The unions also issued a joint statement on Thursday night, in which it declared that the strike will resume as from 12midnight, Sunday, December 3, Daily Sun reports.

The statement was signed by the national presidents of NAAT, Sani Sulaimon; NASU, Chris Ani; and SSANU, Samson Ugwoke.

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In the statement, the workers said they will not accept the mode of sharing as regards to the recent financial allocation to universities.

“We wrote a letter to the federal ministry of education to explain the criteria for the allocation and we gave them seven days notice to do the needful. But the date has elapsed without a response from the federal government,” Premium Times quoted the unions as saying.

It was gathered that members of SSANU, NASU and NAAT in some universities on Monday disrupted academic and administrative activities over the sharing formula adopted by the government in payment of the outstanding earned allowance.

In the formula adopted by the federal government, the non academic staffs were allocated 11 per cent of the N23billion as against 89 per cent for academic staff in the universities.

Recall, the unions had suspended their strike and asked their members to resume work on September 25 after signing a memorandum of understanding with the federal government.

They gave the federal government one month to start the implementation of the agreement; but said on Thursday that the government is yet to meet their demands after two months.



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