On Friday, the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) said it had voted to cripple academic activities in all higher education institutions by 5 February because of the inability of the government to fix lingering problems.
It must be recalled that last week the unions had embarked on a three-day national strike to drive home their demands after which it ordered all its members to hold a unanimous standing congress nationwide.
They reiterated issues such as: irregularities in the adoption of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), non-payment of received allowances, non-payment of national minimum wage arrears, delay in renegotiating the 2009 agreement between FG/NASU and SSANU and non-payment of outgoing members’ retirement benefits.
Other concerns posed in the conflict include: the usurpation by teaching personnel of the leadership of non-teaching units in direct violation of the status of operation and establishment procedures, negligence and inadequate funding of state universities and the non-constitution of university visitation commissions.
Speaking to journalists at a joint press conference in Abuja, Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim, president of SSANU, and Peters Adeyemi, general secretary of NASU, said this was part of the resolutions reached during the recent national congress by representatives of both unions in all branches.
Union leaders announced that 90 percent of NASU members supported the overall strike and 10 percent opposed it, while 83 percent of SSANU members supported the overall strike, 11 percent opposed it, and 6 percent were indifferent.
Reading the text of the briefing, Adeyemi said, “It is in line with the nationwide resolution of our members that the leadership of the NASU and SSANU Joint Action Committee shall decide as follows:”
“That the two-week notice effective today, 22 January, is hereby communicated to the government and relevant stakeholders of the development.”
The union leaders maintained that only one problem had been partly resolved despite a series of strike notices issued to the Federal Government, while others remained unattended by the government three months after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.