Friday, 20 January 2017

Non-Academic Staff Unions Of Universities Suspend Warning Strike

The Non-academic staff unions of Nigerian universities on Thursday in Abuja suspended its 5-day warning strike.

The unions are the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Non–Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions announced the suspension in a communiqué.

The communiqué was jointly signed by Mr Sani Suleiman, President (NAAT), Mr Solomon Alfa, Vice-President (SSANU), Mr Peters Adeyemi, General Secretary (NASU).

Others are: Dr Jamila Suara, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Permanent Secretary in Labour and Employment Ministry, Mr Clement Illoh.

The Deputy General Secretary of SSANU, Mr Festus Ajayi, read the communiqué to newsmen at the end of the meeting with the Federal Government.

“The meeting urged the members of JAC to suspend its ongoing warning strike.

“JAC agreed to suspend the strike with effect from Friday, Jan. 20.

“After due consideration by the leadership of JAC, they agreed to convey the outcome of the meeting to their respective congresses to suspend the strike”, he said.

The communiqué stated that on the issue of Earned Allowance that any arrangement by government in this regards should involve all workers and employees in the university system.

It also stated that on the judgement of the National Industrial Court (NIC) on staff schools in the universities, there was urgent need to put the university system on notice to avoid further termination of teachers’ appointment.

The communiqué noted that a committee will be inaugurated by next week to look into the issue of corruption in some of the universities.

Ajayi urged the Federal Government to ensure that they do not renege on the 2009 agreement as reaffirmed in the just concluded meeting.

Illoh, who represented the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, commended the unions for their understanding.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions had declared a five – day warning strike effective from Jan. 16.


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1 comment:

  1. Incompetence', is nothing more but an underrated description for this. Imagine burning the midnight oil, on several nights, for a single course. With high hopes and fresh knowledge you walk in for the exam. Minutes later, you come out all smiles and the usual, "We thank God!" Only for you to get a false grade knowing fully well what you penned down, or faced with no released result.

    But this isn't the first time. Is it? In fact, I can tell you that most of Rain Semester (2014/15) results were 'fixed'. Yes, fixed! After the long strike, I highly suspect that most of our scripts were either misplaced or little attention was paid to grading them. Students that were really focused in Harmattan Semester had far better scores in the Rain Semester due to contrast of results and not actual marking. What do I mean? Let's see!

    Assuming Student X had a C in Harmattan Semester for a particular course of the lazy grader's course, the grader would either pick a C or a B for his/her Rain Semester in his/her course. Not much of a strong point. I know.

    Now, this claims may seem illogical to some but to the many that were and have been affected by the improper method of grading can attest to this. Efforts to better their GPA using the Rain Semester was shattered by the incompetence of some graders that were either too lazy after the strike or just saw fit to throw any mark through contrast.

    Most Students are yet to see their Ser001 results, which is one of many results to be be released, after appearing for it. And the departmental Lecturers are asking that they take a new test. Why a new one?
    Scratch that, the better question is How do they intend to use a test score for a mark worth 100. Which pegs the question, "What about their Exam scripts"?

    This level of incompetence has led to unwarranted extra Semester(or years) to some folks and it's very much buried to the public. It's high time we took a stand against such practice- Against Lazy Graders! Against Incompetence! Against "You can never get an A in my course" Lecturers!

    I know of people in their final way that will undergo an additional Semester to this incompetence. Part 3 students also, with no released results from after the strike. As we speak, I'm sure a grade is being fixed for them.

    So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this Graders remain unknown to you, then I would suggest that you read and leave quietly. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek Justice..then I ask you to be the voice for the ones to come, the strength for the weak. And together, we shall bring Justice in a nonviolent way.

    Yours Sincerely,