Nigerian universities set for fresh crisis as NAAT, NASU, SSANU commence strike

University of Ibadan (UI) [Photo: sirkenayo.com]
University of Ibadan (UI) [Photo: sirkenayo.com]

The non-academic staff unions of Nigerian universities have resumed their suspended strike.

The unions, members of NAAT, NASU, and SSANU, announced the resumption of the strike in a joint statement on Thursday night.

They said the strike will resume on Monday, December 3.

The statement was signed by the national presidents of NAAT, Sani Sulaimon; NASU, Chris Ani; and SSANU, Samson Ugwoke.

They workers said they reject the mode of sharing the recent financial allocation to universities.

“We wrote a letter to the federal ministry of education to explain the criteria for the allocation and we gave them seven days notice to do the needful. But the date has elapsed without a response from the federal government,” they said.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the mode of sharing N23 billion sent to universities by the federal government had caused protests in many universities as the non-academic workers accuse their academic counterparts of unfair distribution formula.

The unions suspended their strike and asked their members to resume work on September 25 after signing a memorandum of understanding with the federal government.

They gave the federal government one month to start the implementation of the agreement; but said on Thursday that the government is yet to meet their demands after two months.


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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    National Assembly, must resort to the a legislation bill approval to recall all sensitive and security jobs holder especially all these ASUU-unions going on national strike at any slight excuse.National Assembly, must pass an urgent bill to draft all these higher institutions workers back to work to prevent further deterioration of Nigerian-educational values as Nigerian certificates are valueless when they are presented in any oversea,s institutions and public establishment.

    • emmanuel

      Watery brain. No knowledge of how laws are made . Always making incoherent and meaningless contribution to issues.
      Why not simply limit yourself to your co-herdsmen issues in which you have requisite skills.
      Also, do change from the Yoruba moniker so you can reflect your miyetti Allah identity.

  • Musdada

    These University workers are really funny, they go on strike for very flimsy reasons.

  • joelaw

    NASU is a mixture of messengers, gatemen, security gardeners, laboratory attendants et al, gardeners claim they to cut the bush that allows students to have access to examination halls. The messengers claim they carry exam papers to the hall and return them to lecturers offices, security claim they secure students and exam papers and therefore entitled to exam allowance, excess lecture work load allowance etc, the whole thing has become a joke. From what i know it is the lecturers that impact knowledge while the administartive staff make the system conducive for academics to run smoothly, sharing formula can therefore never be 50/50. NASU, NAAT, and SSANU should wage their wars separately, or at best majority of them should go back to school and acquire knowledge to become lecturers. Government should be bold and decisive, can these folks try this in a private university?, every job has prescription and track don’t mix mangoes with tomatoes. The whole thing boils down to money sharing, if there were sharing responsibilities you would hear of no discord or argument, it will be a matter of to thy tent O! Israel.

    • Olugbon&Arèsá, Nigeria

      Shame on you! Are cleaners and gardeners not human beings? As far as know, they never ask for 5050 split. The last one was shared in ratio 8911, so get your facts right.

      • joelaw

        My goodness gardeners and messengers are human being doing wonderful jobs of cutting grass and running errands, that was what they are qualified for and therefore applied for. They are entitled to wage increases and bonuses, but please don’t ever align it with academic staff demands, let them make a separate demand and stop attaching it to ASUU’s demand. When lecturers are been blamed for falling academic standards in universities, it does not concern these group. Lat every group fight their own battle by presenting compelling reasons to government, its not a matter of one is a human being and the other is not. Lets be serious here please.

    • Bassey Frank

      This sounds nonsensical. Are you not aware they are REGISTERED trade unions? What nonsense are you posting here, for goodness sake?

      • joelaw

        Your submission is correct, they are registered trade unions and thus have a right to protest, please read carefully and understand the salient points. NASU should negotiate separately their entitlement with government and stop joining it to ASUU’s , both are registered and separate with different job prescriptions. Government reserves the right to give or not to give based on presentation. People tend to forget about signed job mandate and entitlements when money is at the center of any issue. I am for NASU receiving her entitlement but let it not be conjoined with ASUU’S position, period.

        • Bassey Frank

          Your narrative was in bad fate. Gate-keepers and grass-cutters have the right to demand for their right. If they were not relevant, they would not have been registered in the first place. You don’t use such derogatory narrative in a serious debate like this. It trivializes the issue.

          • dave jacob

            The fact is ASUU fought for Earned Academic Allowance, and won it in its dialogue with government. Government; pleading with ASUU, said a percentage should be given to the non-academic unions, and ASUU agreed. These non-academic unions can go to government to demand for “Earned Non-academic Allowance”. It does not concern ASUU.