Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities Threaten Strike Action

source: Daily Trust

The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) are getting set for a showdown with government.

The unions, under a Joint Action Committee (JAC) lamented the inability of the federal government to begin implementation of an agreement it entered with them since 2009, stressing that they would resume the strike they suspended in March this year.

NASU President Comrade Ladi Iliya who read a joint press statement by the unions over the weekend said the main issues in contention include “funding, earned allowance and NEEDS assessment report.”

Iliya said that since 2009, several representations were made to government and an implementation committee through a letter signed on 24th January 2012 by the then permanent secretary at the ministry of education Professor Nicholas Damachi “undertook to … increase funding of federal universities by releasing the sum of N100bn annually.”

She lamented that more than a year after the government has not released a single kobo as promised.

Speaking on earned allowances which include “occupational hazard allowance, responsibility allowance and head section/unit allowance,” the NASU president said the government has not made any effort to include it in the national budget even though it has accumulated to huge arrears.

The unions also faulted the report of a NEEDS Assessment Committee of Nigerian public universities headed by Professor Mahmud Yakubu in 2012 without the inclusion of members of the Non-Teaching Staff of Nigerian Public Universities and indeed the students who are major stakeholders.”

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