Another Nationwide Strike Looms Across Nigeria’s Varsities
Despite the ongoing industrial action by lecturers in universities across Nigeria, another strike action appears to be imminent as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has vowed to down tools following the Federal Government’s failure to fulfil its 10-year agreement with the union over the welfare of its members.
However, the National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the union, Abdulsobru Salawu, told newsmen about the strike action at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) during a protest.
Salawu said, “Another industrial action is looming in the nation’s universities if government fails to adhere to the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2009 with SSANU”.
It was gathered that during the protest, members of the union displayed placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Government, reinstate staff school teachers now,’ ‘Government, pay us our earned allowances’, ‘Earned allowances are part of our salary, FGN pay our salary’, ‘SSANU says no to injustice in staff schools’, ‘FG, pay our N8b earned allowances’.
Salawu said government as the custodian of the rule of law had failed to uphold the institution.
He also expressed displeasure that the FG reneged on the promises it made to the union last year, attributing the situation to the insensitivity of the political class.
“There were over four Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that were not honoured”, the PRO said.
“As at the middle of last year, the Federal Government assured us that it had released N8billion to be disbursed to all non-teaching staff unions in the university system. But as we speak, up till today, no such disbursement has been made.
“On our renegotiation with the Babalakin Committee, we want to say that we are disappointed and hereby express our disenchantment with the pace of negotiation by the Federal Government team”.
Also speaking, the FUTA SSANU Chairman, Dele Durojaiye, expressed displeasure over how “a democratically elected government disobeys court orders”.
According to him, the National Executive Council (NEC) would give the union the next directive after the 3-day protest.