UPDATED: NASU, SSANU, NAAT end meeting with govt, to suspend strike

Executives of SSANU, NASU and NAAT during the meeting [Photo: Azeezat Adedigba - PREMIUM TIMES]

Full activities may soon resume in Nigerian universities across the country as the non-teaching staff currently on strike have accepted the Federal Government’s proposal aimed at addressing their grievances.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt however that the striking unions have asked for ‘some time to consult before finally returning to the duty posts.’

Officials of the unions – Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and National Association of Academic Technologist, NAAT – told PREMIUM TIMES off the record that the strike could be suspended on Thursday or Friday.

The National President of the Joint Action Committee of the unions, Samson Ugwoke, spoke after the second open negotiation meeting with representatives of the government.

The second conciliatory meeting which started about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and ended at 12:20 a.m. on Thursday is part of the steps taken by both teams to resolve issues involved in the ongoing nationwide strike.

”A three-page agreement was signed and endorsed by all of us,” Mr. Ugwoke said.

“We are taking our (own) document and we will make our pronouncement soon,” he said.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said both parties had come to the end of deliberation on the contentious issues which led to the strike.

The multiple demands by the union include: payment of earned allowances to their members; review of governance system in universities; improved funding of universities in line with UNESCO recommendations; provision of infrastructure in the universities; payment of salary shortfalls being owed; implementation of the National Industrial Court judgement on university staff schools; registration of Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company; NUPEMCO, and the implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for technologists.

The unions are also asking for an improvement in the teaching and learning facilities in the universities; stemming the tide of corruption in the university system and ”showing of commitment in the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/University unions Agreements.”

On the issue of inadequate infrastructure raised by the union, Mr. Ngige said a seven-member committee will be set up to handle the matter promising that the university system will be rejuvenated.

On that of endemic corruption in the universities, he said the government would ensure that the Internally Generated Revenue from universities are put to maximum use.

“Based on these conditions, we have agreed with the joint action committee that they will consult their organs and call off the strike as soon as possible,” he said.

“If you want the proof of the implementation, we will present it to you,” he added.

If the strike is suspended, the unions would be following the pathway of striking lecturers who also recently soft-pedalled on a debilitating strike they embarked upon to push home similar demands.


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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    If Nigerian lawmakers, consisting senators and house of representatives, had been dutiful,focus and pro-people of Nigeria, enough the subsequent arbitrary national strikes often call for by ASUU and its labour-associations would have been stopped with a simple draft and promulgation of a new bill for signature by president Muhammadu Buhari, to automatically drafted lecturers and civil servants by to work if any arbitrary national strike had been embarked upon by Nigerian NLC,TUC, ASUU or their associate unions nationwide.Permanent contract settlement would automatically haven imposed on our lecturers and civil servants, unions to completely abolish arbitrary strike calls by irresponsible nigerian workers unions that resulted to the devaluation of our universities issued certificates,[degrees], which are now worthless papers in the eys of foreign institutions and authorities. ASUU and NLC/TUC, have destroyed future of workers in Nigeria, and our universities degrees, are now worthless around the globe.

    • bigbang

      What a load of rubbish. What you should be advocating for is for the federal government to honor the agreement with the workers. I guess you are lucky to receive your salary.

    • Attah J Sunday

      i guess he is unknowledgeable… am not surprise

  • Ezekiel

    This is just good we have never had it as good as this, quick resolution concerning strikes in the academia. More grease to the elbows of these crop of ministers in charge and it’s the result of lack of stealing eyes and love for this country in contrary to pdp era of looting and stealing and selfishness aggravated by Jonathan.