SSANU, NASU Commence 7Day Strike In Public Varsities

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News Investigators/ Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have begun a nationwide strike today (Monday) over what it called the unfair treatment and disparity in the payment of salaries by the Federal Government.

The strike came exactly a week after it threatened to shut down hostels and power supply in universities across the country should the Government fails to meet its demands before today, March 18, 2024.

National president of SSANU, Muhammed Ibrahim, said his members, including vice chancellors, registrars, and bursars, have not been paid 2022 arrears.

Mr. Ibrahim who spoke during a live TV morning show (Channels), monitored in Abuja, Monday, announced that the strike had commenced.

“Definitely, it (the strike) has already started,” Mr. Ibrahim said.

“As of today (Monday), all our workers in registry, bursary, works and maintenance, security, and students’ affairs have withdrawn their services and nothing moves within the administration of any public university in Nigeria and that will be the case for the next seven days until and unless the needful is done,” he stated.

He added that the Minister of Labour , Nkiruka Onyejeocha, has not reached out to the aggrieved unions despite issuing a seven-day notice last Monday.

This, he said was a departure from the responsiveness of the ex-Labour Minister Chris Ngige.

He stressed that the unions would go back to their toolbox and decide the next line of action should the government fail to heed the unions’ demands after the seven-day warning strike, which commenced today.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Education, Tahir Mamman, stated that he was unaware of SSANU/NASU’s planned strike.

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