Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) to Commence Nationwide Strike on Monday

A complete shutdown of the education sector looms, as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has directed its members to commence a nationwide strike from Monday in protest over the federal government’s refusal to pay workers’ salaries.

This is just as the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over their unresolved grievances and in solidarity with the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

SSANU said it would join the strike next Monday to protest the non-payment of the August salaries of some of its members in federal universities by the government.

The notice for the strike was signed by the SSANU President, Comrade Promise Adewusi, and copied to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, vice-chancellors of some federal universities, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, and the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie.

The union issued an ultimatum, which would expire today. Adewusi, in the letter, noted that the union had already directed all of its chapters to mobilise for the strike.

The letter reads in part: “The non-payment of our members’ salaries in your universities, when some other federal universities had since paid the August salaries, is viewed by our members as an act of punishment against them for working and this has made them restive.

“Failure to pay by that day will be regarded as a conclusive act of aggression against the economic right and interest of our members.

“We shall then be at liberty to direct them on work stoppage as our members would no longer be in position to continue to transport themselves to work. We urge you to take immediate steps to remedy this anomaly.”

He said the union had earlier warned government in a letter dated 23 September that if the salaries of staff for the month of August were not paid by the end of work today, the union would not hesitate to direct members to stop coming to work. He advised all stakeholders in the education sector to intervene and ensure that the salaries of workers are paid without further delay in the interest of industrial peace in the sector.

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