10 December 2012

Nigeria: Varsity Unions Begin Seven-Day Warning Strike Tuesday

Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) will commence a 7-day warning strike tomorrow.

This is sequel to a stalemated meeting Friday between the unions and the Federal Government on the implementation of an agreement both parties signed in 2009

The unions had severally issued warnings on the refusal of government to implement the agreement and the non inclusion of funds for the payment of the Earned Allowances in the 2013 budget as well as the findings of the report of a committee on NEEDS Assessment in the universities.

SSANU President Comrade Samson Ugwoke, NAAT President Comrade Sani Suleiman and NASU General Secretary Comrade Peter Adeyemi told reporters that the meeting chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim did not yield required result.

Minister of Education Professor Ruqqayyatu Rufa'i was also in attendance.

Meanwhile, the University of Abuja chapter of SSANU has embarked on a one-week warning strike action, starting today, in solidarity with the national body.

A communiqué issued at the end of an extraordinary congress of the association at the main campus of the university said the strike is to demand full implementation of the FGN/SSANU 2009 agreement particularly in the non-inclusion of earned allowances in the 2013 budget proposal submitted to the National Assembly.

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