Universities’ Staff Commence Protest Monday

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The Non Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on Friday said they will commence a nationwide protest on Monday, July 15, 2019 over the failure of the Federal Government to release the N30 billion earned allowances to Federal institutions.

Samson Ugwoke, the National Chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the two unions, who made the call in Abuja, said the call followed failure of the Federal Government to honour its pact in the agreement reached with the unions.

The unions had entered into an agreement with the Federal Government in 2009 on the payment of earned allowance to federal institutions.

He said the union rejected the allocation of only 20 per cent to JAC and 80 per cent to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and called for an immediate audit of accounts of universities.

“The recent sharing of money where the money collected from the ministry of education signed by the teaching director of tertiary education, allocating 80 per cent of the money to ASUU and only 20 per cent to the three non-teaching staff unions is not acceptable to us.

“We reject in total the 20 per cent allocated to our members, rather we demand from the federal government the sum of N30 billion as part of the earned allowance of non teaching staff from 2009 to 2016.

“We call on government to hasten the audit of university earned allowances, so that we will know how much is paid to who and how much remains.”

He noted that implementation of the National Industrial Court judgement on the issue of university staff school teachers, payment of earned allowances, payment of shortfalls in salaries and funding of the university system should be paramount for effective learning atmosphere.

He also rejected the continued sideline of the non academic unions in pension fund administration by ASUU, saying what was available was an instance where university Professors would benefit more from the process.

The former Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, signed a Memorandum of the term of a settlement between the representatives of the unions and the government which culminated in the suspension of the strike in 2018.

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