The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities have called on the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and his Labour and Employment counterpart, Dr Chris Ngige, to address their demands to avert an “imminent indefinite nationwide strike”.
SSANU and NASU, under the Joint Action Committee, told our correspondent on Saturday that the ministers should honour the Memorandums of Understanding signed with them.
The unions on Thursday demanded the release of N30bn from the Federal Government, saying their August 19-23 warning strike could snowball into a larger strike if the government did not accede to their demands.
SSANU Vice-President, Solomon Alfa, had said, “We urge the Federal Government to expedite action in addressing the issues raised and any other to avoid the imminent mother of all strikes in the university sector.
“Consequently, the JAC is demanding N30bn from the Federal Government to pay non-teaching staff to close the gap created by the discriminatory allocations.”
NASU National President, Okechukwu Ani, told our correspondent that Adamu and Ngige, being familiar with the issues, should not drag in opening up negotiations with them.
Ani said, “The earned allowances and other issues contained in the 2009 agreement are not sorted out yet. We don’t want to suspend this warning strike, only to come back again and alert the public that we are on strike.