UNILORIN joins SSANU, NASU national strike

NEWS DIGEST – Non-academic staff of the University of Ilorin, Kwara state have joined the ongoing nationwide warning strike by the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, (NASU), on Monday.

The two labour unions made the decision to join the strike after they had a joint congress.

The News Digest reports that all public universities in Nigeria are currently on strike due to the failure of the federal government to grant the demand of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In a joint letter signed by both unions of SSANU and NASU national bodies last week Friday and signed by Comrade Mohammed. H. Ibrahim, National President of SSANU, Prince Peters. A. Adeyemi, General Secretary of NASU, respectively, authorized members to embark on the action.

The statement noted that the two weeks warning strike should be comprehensive, thorough and no submission should be given in any guise.

It states, “Your strict compliance and adherence to the directive is mandatory for all branches of NASU and SSANU in the Universities and inter-university centres, the letter emphasized.

“In view of the non-challant attitude of the Federal government to our demands, this is to direct our members in all universities and inter-university centres throughout the country to commence a two-week warning strike by midnight of Sunday 27th,2022, in the first instance as earlier conveyed to the Federal government in our letter with reference No.JAC/NS/Vol 11/192 dated 16th March 2022, addressed to the Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, titled “Re-Looming Industrial Action and Notice of Warning Strike.”

The requests of both unions include inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, non-payment of earned allowances, delay in the renegotiation of FGN/NASU/SSANU agreement, non-payment of arrears of national minimum wage and usurpation of headship of non-teaching units in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures.

Others include neglect and poor funding of state universities, non-payment of retirement benefits to outgoing members and non constitution of visitation panels to universities.

With the commencement of SSANU and NASU strike in Nigeria as well as the ongoing ASUU strike, the University education system in the country is now currently lock and key.

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