Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU have insisted, Tuesday that there is no going back on the nationwide strike already planned to begin on Friday, 5th of February.
This became evident, after an inconclusive conciliatory meeting with the Federal Government on Tuesday, though Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, who presided over the meeting told journalists that most issues raised by the unions have been addressed
The unions led by the president of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Haruna Mohammed and the general secretary of Non-academic Staff Union of Universities, Peters Adeyemi, contradicts this claim, insisting that most of their critical demands are yet to be attended to.
The non-teaching staff are demanding for their members to be removed from the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information, IPPIS as well as review the existing sharing formula for the universities earned allowances, between academic and non-academic staff.
The strike expected to commence on Friday, February 5 is contained in a joint communique of both unions released January 22.
“The joint action committee of SSANU and NASU hereby resolves as follows: That members of NASU/SSANU shall embark on an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike with effect from February 5, 2021,” the spokesperson of the joint action committee of SSANU and NASU, Peters Adeyemi, had said last Friday.
“Two weeks’ notice effective from today, Friday, January 22, 2021, is hereby given to the government and relevant stakeholders of this development.
“The October 2020 memorandum of understanding (MOU) resolved that the compliance of SSANU/NASU with respect to IPPIS would be corrected within two weeks.
“But three months after, there has been no correction of these anomalies leading to a high level of restiveness among our members who have been short-changed on account of the problem caused by IPPIS.”