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JUST IN: NASU, SSANU Threaten To Go On Strike

The Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions has issued a threat to disrupt industrial peace in universities if the government fails to release the withheld salaries of its members.

The salaries were withheld by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari during their strike in 2022.

In a joint letter signed on Friday by the President of SSANU, Muhammed Ibrahim, and the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, the unions questioned the government’s rationale for releasing four months of withheld salaries to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities while neglecting to release the withheld salaries of non-academic staff.

The unions warned that they would no longer be able to guarantee industrial peace in universities if the amounts owed by the government are not released.

Previously, the unions sent protest letters to the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, on February 13, 2024, over the exclusion of non-teaching staff from the payment of outstanding four months’ salaries.

The letter stated, “We are therefore shocked that two weeks after the letters had been sent and received by the appropriate quarters, the Federal Government has remained quiet and refused to take any step towards addressing this very sensitive issue and it seems as if the Federal Government is taking our maturity for granted.

“We like to confirm through this medium once again to the Federal Government that the pressure on us has intensified and we have done everything possible within our ambit to prevail on our members to maintain industrial peace and tranquillity.

“While we appreciate the Federal Government for paying our Academic counterpart, we also deem it necessary that our members are also paid. The various feelers we are getting from our members in the universities and inter-university ventres indicate that we can no longer guarantee and be able to sustain industrial peace in the university sector.

“We therefore use this opportunity once again to call on the Federal Government to do the needful within the next seven days as the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU should not be held responsible should the wheel of administration and corporate governance be grounded to a halt in the University sector, as we have exercised enough patience.

“If nothing is done by the Federal Government to positively address this situation and respond to our previous letters to them, the members of the two Unions may be forced to meet soon to take all lawful and stringent decision on the matter.”

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