Friday, 15 December 2017

NASU, SSANU, NAAT demand N30 Billion from FG To End Strike

By Farombi Oluwaseun

Striking non-teaching staff in universities have asked for the release of N30bn to their unions if the federal government wants the strike called off.

The unions, under the auspices of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) embarked on another industrial action due to government’s inability to honour the deal it made with them.

Addressing reporters at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) on Wednesday, SSANU national vice president, Alfred Jimoh, said if the government releases the N30 billion, it would be added to the N4.6 billion shared among the three non-teaching staff.

Jimoh said: “Government should release more funds to take care of the arrears of the Earned Allowance of the three non-teaching staff of the Nigerian universities and to commence the immediate implementation of the allowances to forestall further accumulation of the arrears.”

The SSANU boss, who accused the government of using divide and rule system among the universities’ workers, declared that the ongoing strike would be total until their demands are met.

Also while speaking with Journalists, the SSANU Chairman,OAU branch, Comrade  Oketunde Ademola on behalf of  Non Academic Staffs blasted the university  management for paying the  earned allowance despite Protests against sharing formula. He further stated that strike is still in full scale as Earned allowance received is only a bonus .

As at the time of filing this report, main roads on OAU Campus are blocked as vehicular movements are being halted.

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