Vanguard (Lagos)

11 December 2012

Nigeria: Striking UI Workers Paralyse Varsity Activities

Ibadan — University of Ibadan was a ghost of itself yesterday as workers of the institution paralysed all administrative activities.

The staff under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and National Association of Academic Technologists, prevented both staff and visitors to the institution from gaining entry.

They said the seven-day strike would not be suspended until the Federal Government honours its agreement entered with them three years ago.

Speaking with newsmen, the Chairman of SSANU, UI branch, Wale Akinremi said the strike was embarked upon following alleged insensitivity on the part of the Federal Government.

According to him, the agreement was signed with the various workers unions of the universities in 2009.

Akinremi pointed out that the non implementation of the 'end' allowance in the agreement was the genesis of the problem.

The proposed plan of the Federal Government to reduce the non-teaching staff in the universities across the country based on the recent report submitted to the Presidency by a committee set up by the FG was another unacceptable thing to the three unions.

The Chairman of NASU, Cole Olusola Fatoki assured the workers that the union leaders as credible people would not be bought over by anybody.

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