- An emerging report indicates that academic activities in public universities may be on hold due to a lingering industrial dispute
- University workers affiliated with two unions have disclosed when they will commence on their planned strike
- The workers explained the reasons for the industrial action
Unions of university workers in Nigeria have announced that they will commence a nationwide strike in public universities across the country on Friday, February 5.
PM News reported that the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of the Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU), made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, February 4.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of both unions have reportedly communicated the information about the strike to their branches nationwide.
Part of the notice read:
“In view of the outcome of the meeting, the leadership of JAC of NASU and SSANU at the branches are hereby directed to commence joint general meetings on Friday to give reports on the outcome of the conciliation meeting and pass resolutions on the way forward.
“In the meantime, the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, Friday, February 5, 2021, pending any contrary resolution by the branches.”
The associations said the failure of the federal government to address issues contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) both parties signed back in October 2020 necessitated the industrial action.
They argued that the government failed to attend to their grievances about the inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), the non-payment of earned allowances, and the non-payment of arrears in the minimum wage.
The unions also pointed out that they were displeased over the neglect and poor funding of state universities and the non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.
This latest announcement by SSANU and NASU is coming a month after the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) called off its nine-month-old strike.
ASUU had demanded that its members should be exempted from the IPPIS pending the approval of the proposed payment system – the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).