University workers threaten strike

University of Abuja

University workers have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike.

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities said Monday it will begin a four-week strike over an “obnoxious circular” by the National Universities Commission, NUC indicating the alteration of an agreement reached between the union and the government in 2009.

The union gave the Federal Government till April 28 to address the issues or face industrial action in all the Federal and State universities across the country.

The union accused the NUC of unilaterally removing from the circular the agreement on university demonstration staff schools.

In the statement, SSANU also complained about the failure of the government to pay the outstanding arrears of their Earned Allowance, and its failure to implement the 2009 agreement fully.

SSANU called for the full implementation of the agreement to forestall the disruption of the present academic activities in the university system.

The union also warned against the victimization of its members and officers in various universities, and especially called for the reinstatement of 19 members of the union who were vindictively sacked in the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.

While commending the Nigerian Armed Forces and its foreign allies for the recapture of most areas occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern part of the country, SSANU called on the Federal Government to continue to adequately equip them and review Nigeria’s foreign policies with its neighbouring countries.


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  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Impunity could be likened to drunkenness, SSANU. What do you do with a drunk or better still, how do you get a drunk to listen and cooperate with you on anything, which includes helping to cleanse him of his smelly vomit? Does he at any time of the day or on certain days, abstain from alcohol during which time you could seek to meet and talk some sense into him and expect some logical responses from him in return? What you have done during those 6 years of your engagement was to try and sit his wobbly body up and do a monologue with him, during which time the best you were able to get from him in response were loud sounds resulting from interminable grinding of his teeth. (“don’t you dare doze off on me, you stubborn employer…Am asking again, where is the money you agreed to pay…”) as you wave a copy of your 2009 agreement furiously before his pallid face. As my handsome little Brume would say, “he is goon.” And as for you SSANU, might I ask this of you: don’t you get cramps from sleeping on picket lines all the time? Those you are engaged with don’t care about anything you say or your argument about running proper schools, their children are in Cambridge University and Harvard and you are here stressing their lives. You must, therefore, stop wasting your time because those strike actions of yours have come a long way from the days of bootstraps “Ali Must Go” who incidentally holds a top management post in the rudderless party that is the ship of government today. Those strike ended up producing nothing. Get your Labour Union to join up with Nigerians to ask for Change. That way, your days on the picket lines could be numbered and schools in Nigeria would begin to experience good times again…