Non-teaching staff at Nigerian universities said they have entered into arrangements to embark on a three-day nationwide protest following the failure of the federal government to resolve their Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) demands, sharing the N40 billion Received Academic Allowances formula, non-payment of new minimum wage arrears, among others.
Under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), consisting of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Related Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of the Universities of Nigeria (SSANU), the employees were directed to organize other representatives for the rallies at all branches.
At a meeting held between the leadership of NASU and SSANU in Abuja on Friday night, JAC took the decision to protest against contradictions in the payment of IPPIS, the delay in renegotiating the FGN/ASUU/SSANU 2009 agreement and other issues.
A communiqué released on Sunday, signed by SSANU President Mohammed Ibrahim and NASU Secretary-General Prince Peters Adeyemi, announced that they had reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 20 October 2020 with the Federal Government.
Such controversial problems were described by the employees as the non-payment of retirement benefits to retired members, non-constitution of university visitation commissions, inadequate university funding, teaching staff usurping the headship of non-teaching units and other broad range of issues.
The communiqué added that the unions would explore other steps, including an indefinite strike after the demonstrations, to drive home their demands. The committee will also meet to review the progress of the protests on Thursday and to decide on the next point.