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SSANU, NASU begin strike Tuesday over N40b allowance


Oba Ajibade

Nigerian Universities have been thrown into fresh crisis as Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have announced that they would begin a three-day warning strike across the country on a Tuesday January 12th, to protest the sharing formula for the N40b earned allowance among other issues.

This is coming less than one month after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called off its eight-month strike.

After the meeting of the Joint Action Committee of both unions held in Abuja at the weekend, the labour bodies listed delay in renegotiation of FGN/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreements; non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members; teaching staff usurping headships of non-teaching units in clear violation of conditions of service and established procedures,  inconsistencies in the IPPIS payment; non-payment of Earned Allowances (EA); non-payment of arrears of minimum wage; neglect and poor funding of state universities and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding, as their grouses.

In a letter jointly signed by  the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, and President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim,  and  sent to all branch chairmen of the two unions,  the JAC directed that a 3-day protest should hold from Tuesday, 12th – Thursday, 14th January, 2021 at each branch from 8am – 4pm each day.

The bodies kicked against the sharing formula for the N40bn earned allowances recently released by the Federal Government to the universities, faulting the 75 per cent to members of ASUU and 25 per cent to the non-academic staffers

“There was a time Federal Government, in conjunction with the office of the Accountant General, hired some consultants to conduct forensic audit of what has been paid so that whatever releases that would be made subsequently would be predicated on the result of the findings of the forensic audit,” NASU Secretary-General, Adeyemi said.

“The audit was meant to determine how much had been paid members of each union. To us, that was a scientific way of determining how much is owed. But to our surprise, Federal Government said the academic union should take 75 per cent of the N40 billion that was released recently and 25 per cent to other three unions. We were taken aback by that fiat because it was not based on any fact. To us, that step was meant to promote corruption of highest proportion ever known in the university funding.”

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