Barely nine months after the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) suspended their strike, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has threatened to embark on a three-day nationwide protest to press home its demands.
This was made known in a statement issued by the Union’s Spokesperson, Mr. Abdussobur Salaam and made available to Newsmen.
According to him, the Association will commence the protest on the 17th of December to 19th of December, 2018.
Speaking on the protest, Salaam said the protest is about the non-implementation of the agreement reached with the Federal government that led to the suspension of its earlier industrial action in March.
He added that the protest was a decision made at the union’s 35th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the Enugu State University on December 5 and 6.
In his words; “In view of the above, the National Executive Council of the Union resolved that branches organise a three-day national protest across the country between Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th December 2018.”
He also noted that the Federal Ministry of Education had informed the Chairman of the JAC of NAAT, NASU and SSANU via a letter dated August 9, 2018, that approval had been given for the release of eight billion naira.
Salaam said the eight billion naira was supposed to be payment of Earned Allowances for Non-teaching Staff in the universities and that the minister had also requested for templates for the payments to the unions.
He said it appeared the letters being sent to the unions were a delay ploy “as the letters in themselves are needless because the unions had always made their positions known since the irregular disbursement of N23 billion to ASUU in 2017.”
Salaam decried alleged apathy and disinterest in all other aspects of the Memoranda of Understanding reached between the government and the union.
He said members should be fully mobilised to participate in the protests, while branches should carry along the media and the security agencies during the protest.