Thursday, January 21, 2021

SSANU threatens to shut down universities

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The National President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mohammed Ibrahim says the union might embark on an industrial action if the Federal Government does not listen to its demands.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) had earlier on Tuesday commenced a three-day national protest over irregularities in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) payments, non-payment of earned allowances and non-payment of arrears in minimum wage among other issues.

Ibrahim told newsmen that although negotiations are currently ongoing the union may go on strike.

The SSANU President explained further that situations will be thoroughly assessed before the union proceeds on a strike.

He said the ongoing protest is aimed at sensitising the Federal Government, adding that after the three-day protest, JAC will meet, appraise the situation and let the world know its next line of action.

He also assured that whenever SSANU and NASU meet, any decision taken will be in the best interest of the system and their membership.

The University workers are also protesting the sharing formula of the N70 billion given the universities by the Federal Government, insisting that the 75 per cent and 25 per cent sharing formula for the earned allowances does not favour their members.

Other issues include the delay in the renegotiation of FGN, NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits, neglect and poor funding of state universities, and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.