Ilorin — The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) yesterday resolved to embark on an indefinite strike next week
Rising from a meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State, the union lamented that its members have not been paid in the past two months despite the fact that they have been working.
Addressing newsmen, the General Secretary of the union Prince Peters Adeyemi said government has not given any reason for refusing to pay them.
He said: "NASU will start its own strike next week because we have been working and government has refused to pay our salary. And for us, it does not make sense to continue to keep the system running when we are not paid our salary. The reason for this is not known to us. Workers in all federal universities are not being paid their salaries and that is a big challenge. Government has not paid our salary for August and as we are talking now, today is September 24, they are effectively owing us two months' salary. There's no way we can continue to do this work on empty stomach, while they run around the globe with heavy stomach".
He added: "We think as Nigerians and parents, we should not unnecessarily ground the system. But if they take this our maturity and level-headedness to mean stupidity, then of course, people that complain that we in the university system have ruined the future of students by going on too many strikes will have no reason not to understand if we go on our own strike next week".
National president of the union Comrade Ladi Iliya heaped blames on members of the National Assembly for allegedly fighting for their political interest and survival at the expense of Nigerians' welfare.