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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