SSANU And NASU Commence Nationwide Strike, Bringing University Activities To A Halt

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have initiated a nationwide strike, effectively halting administrative operations in public universities across Nigeria.

In a decisive move aimed at addressing what they perceive as unfair treatment and salary disparities.

“As at today (Monday), all our workers in registry, bursary, works and maintenance, secruity, students’ affairs have withdrawn their services,” SSANU President Mohammed Ibrahim declared

SSANU President Mohammed Ibrahim, in a statement on Channels Television’s The Morning Brief programme, affirmed the commencement of the strike, emphasizing the withdrawal of services by workers in crucial university departments such as registry, bursary, maintenance, security, and students’ affairs.

Moreso, Ibrahim underscored the resolve of the unions to maintain the strike for seven days, barring any intervention from the government.

Expressing disappointment at the lack of official communication from government representatives, Ibrahim highlighted the failure of some officials to fully comply with directives, citing a directive from President Bola Tinubu regarding the payment of 2022 arrears to union members.

Also,He criticized the absence of outreach from Labour Minister Nkiruka Onyejeocha, signaling a departure from previous responsiveness under ex-Labour Minister Chris Ngige.

Ibrahim said should the government fail to heed the demands of the unions after the seven-day warning strike which commenced today, SSANU and NASU would go back to their toolbox and decide the next line of action.

He emphasized the comprehensive impact of the strike, warning that the failure to pay 2022 arrears to members, including Vice Chancellors, registrars, and bursars, could result in disruptions to essential services such as electricity, water, security, and hostel accommodations for students.

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The unions’ frustration stemmed from what they perceived as preferential treatment towards the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), with withheld salaries being disbursed to ASUU members while SSANU and NASU were neglected.

Despite previous industrial action and the invocation of a ‘No Work, No Pay policy’ in 2022, the release of four months’ withheld salaries to ASUU further exacerbated tensions.

Accusing the Office of the Accountant General, particularly through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), of disdainful treatment, Ibrahim called attention to the misplacement of priorities within the university system.

However,Ibrahim attributed the entire episode to a misplacement of priorities, emphasizing that the university functions as a cohesive chain, and thus, treating one group differently while neglecting others is unjustifiable.

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