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A Week On Return From Nine Months Strike, Nigerian Universities Shut Again

(By Chris K.Amadi)-Barely a week after the return of the Academic Staff Union of Universities,ASUU, Returned fron their nine-month-old strike, non–teaching staff in the universities had on Friday commenced indefinite strike over the Federal Government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.

Reports have it that the National Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, has written to the branches to commence strike on Friday, February 5 following the alleged failure of the Federal Government to meet its demands.

Other demands of the unions, according to reports include the non-payment of retirement benefits to former members, non-constitution of visitation panels to universities, poor funding of universities, teaching staff usurping the headship of non-teaching units, among others.

We gathered that, efforts by Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to resolve the dispute over the N40 billion earned allowances, complaints about IPPIS and the issues with the leadership of the unions failed on Tuesday.

Vanguard quotes the notice of unions: “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”, even as the government had told the unions that there was no money to pay for the arrears of the minimum wage and that a supplementary budget would be submitted to raise the money.

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