A meeting has been fixed by the leadership of the Non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities for July 4 to decide what the next line of action will be due to the failure of the federal government to fulfil their promise to them about three months ago.
There was a Strike action Around December 4, 2017 by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) which lasted for three months and was suspended by the unions because the government promised that N23 billion will be shared around the universities.
The Unions suspended the strike and gave the government five weeks to implement the agreement, but it has not been implemented after 13 weeks.
SSANU spokesperson, Abdussor Salaam spoke with newsmen during a telephone interview, saying that the development is disheartening and sad and it shows that the government is insincere and irresponsible when it comes to honouring agreements. He said the government did not honour the MOU by the court Judgement.
Our members in the staff schools are still out of jobs, as we speak, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife is about to implement the disengagement of the staff in the university staff school which is in gross contravention of the court ruling of the National Industrial Court of December 5, 2016 and also in gross contravention of our agreement that was signed in February this year, which is disheartening. Abdussor said.
He explained further that N8 billion was agreed upon which included the settling of the academic staffers who were left out in University of Ilorin and University of Nigeria, Nsukka for the earned allowances payment. These lots have been paid but Abdussor claimed that the government did not pay the main people in the agreement.
NASU’s Deputy president, Godfrey Ugwu said the three unions have been having different consultations with the government but nothing has happened.
He added that all the branch leaders of the union have been summoned to Abuja for a meeting on July to discuss what they are going to do about the issue.
The decision for the strike will be known after the July 4 meeting which is to be held in Abuja. Every effort to speak with the minister of labour was not successful, even though the minister was supposed to have a meeting with the stakeholders about how the money will be paid.