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Varsity Non-Teaching Staff declare indefinite strike

(Last Updated On: September 7, 2017)

By James, Michael Igiri
Nigerian Universities non-teaching staff have issued a strike notice  to
press home their demand for the implementation of a 2009 agreement with
the Federal Government.
While it is no longer news that the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) is on strike, the non teaching members made up of the National
Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Non-Academic Staff Union
of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff
Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have also issued a notice for
a strike action- due to begin on Monday- saying that the government had
taking them for granted by not moving to implement the terms of the
agreement reached since 2009.
The unions said they had waited for eight years for the government to
implement the agreement.
Speaking at a joint news conference in Abuja, President of SSANU
Comrade Samson Ugokwe, said eight years after the agreement, the
government had not been responsive to the demands of the unions,
pointing out that no action appeared to have been taken on any of the
issues.
The demands of the three unions include:
 The payment of Earned Allowances
 Review of the governance system in universities
 Improved funding in line with UNESCO recommendations
 Provisions of infrastructure in universities and payment of salary shortfall
Other demand include implementation of the National Industrial Court
judgment on University staff schools, registration of NUPEMCO,
implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for Technologists, improvement of
teaching and learning facilities in the universities, stemming the tide of
corruption in the university system, showing more commitment and
seriousness in the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/University unions
agreement and ensuring the headship of non teaching units by non
teaching staff employed for the purpose of the units.
Ugokwe said during the strike, there will be no provision of services no
matter how skeletal.

“If an agreement was signed in 2009 and now in 2017, we are still asking
for the implementation of such agreement, does it not show that we have
been exceedingly patient?
“Unfortunately, seven years after, we are still at the sorry situation we were
before the MOU as the issues in contention were not addressed and
government t kept a dead silence despite letters and entreaties reminding
them, of their commitment to the non teaching staff unions,” he said.
No government representative has issued any statement in response to the
Union, although a federal government delegation is meeting with the
lecturers today to get them to end the strike.