Universities Set To Fully Resume On Monday As NASU, SSANU End Strike
Full academic activities are expected to resume on Monday in all the federal universities in the country as the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have suspended their industrial action.
The suspension was not, however, without some provisos.
The two unions said they would resume their action if the Federal Government fails to implement the memorandum of understanding it signed with them within the stipulated periods.
The issues in competition include inconsistencies in IPPIS payments; non-charge of arrears of National Minimum Wage; non-fee of Earned Allowances; delay in renegotiation of FGN/NASU and SSANU 2009 Agreements; non-fee of retirement benefits to outgone individuals; coaching staff usurping headship of non-teaching devices in clear violation of situations of service and established order strategies; forget about and bad funding of state universities and non-charter of visitation panels for universities.
A assertion signed through the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, and National President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, in Abuja, stated the strike movement changed into embarked upon due to government’s failure to implement an agreement reached final 12 months.
At the quit of negotiations between the parties final Thursday night, understandings were reached with the authorities facet with particular timelines.
In postponing the strike, the two unions stated authorities entered right into a written settlement through a Memorandum of Action, which turned into proper to their members and deemed sufficient to place the action on maintain.
“In line with the bulk decision of our participants across the colleges and inter-university centres that the strike be suspended while waiting for authorities to act in properly religion on the Memorandum of Action, it's miles with exquisite experience of obligation that we announce the suspension of the economic action with impact from the middle of the night of Friday, February 26, 2021,” the unions stated.
Both NASU and SSANU cited that authorities become anticipated to reciprocate the goodwill of the unions via implementing the phrases contained in the new agreement.
“We desire that government shall reciprocate the patriotic and compassionate attention of the management of the two unions and make certain that the agreements are carried out consistent with the set timelines. We can not have the funds for to have our device set back because of protracted and avoidable commercial moves and we trust that the closing dollar to avoid commercial moves inside the university machine lie completely with government. Our decision should never be taken as cowardice or foolishness but inside the hobby of the scholars and the gadget which we maintain very dear to our hearts,” they delivered.[NewsNaira]