NAAT, NASU, SSANU suspend strike


The Non-teaching staff of Nigerian Universities on Thursday suspended their two-week old strike called to protest the non -implementation of agreement reached with the Federal Government.

The non-teaching staff under the auspices of Joint Action Committee (JAC) embarked on strike on September 11 over the non-implementation of its 12- point demand.

The National Chairman of JAC, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, announced the suspension of the strike during a press conference held at the end of its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

The unions comprised the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).

The unions’ demands include the payment of earned allowances to members, a review of the governance system in government-owned universities and improved funding in line with UNESCO recommendations.

The unions also demanded the provisions of infrastructure in universities and payment of salary arrears being owed members, implementation of the National Industrial Court judgment on university staff schools and the registration of NUPEMCO.

Others are implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for Technologists as well as the improvement of teaching and learning facilities in the universities.

Ugwoke said a template had been developed towards addressing the issues in contention.

He said: “We hope that this will be a panacea to the continued conflicts between the university based non-teaching staff unions and the federal government.

”We have developed an actionable template with specific time frames to implement salient aspects of the agreement.

“Based on the foregoing and following exhaustive and extensive consultations with our various union organs, we hereby announce the suspension of the strike embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee of NAAT, NASU and SSANU.”


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