No going back on nationwide strike, says SSANU boss

Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) has said nothing can stop the proposed nationwide strike action planned to commence on friday.

The Chairman of SSANU , University of Ibadan(UI) chapter, Comrade Wale Akinremi stated this on Tuesday in his office while addressing journalists.

It will be recalled that the SSANU president over the weekend has directed its members to embark on industrial action from the 19th of this month over the non-implementation of the 2009 pacts signed between the federal government and the workers and the report of the Committee on Needs Assessment of Nigerian Public Universities.

The SSANU boss regretted that despite several meetings of the Implementation Monitoring Committee (IMG) and its recommendations on how to fully implement the 2009 Agreement, with particular reference to the Earned Allowances, government had refused to show commitment to full implementation.

“What we are agitating for is for the sustenance of our public institutions, we are not strike lovers. I am not sure if Mr President is even properly briefed about our demand and if he is not and we embark on this nationwide strike, then the Minister for Education should be sacked.”

He disclosed that over 2000 of its members in University of Ibadan are now on red alert for strike and mobilisation have since commenced  on Monday since the declaration by the union’s president over the weekend.

“Other sister unions in the universities – the National Association of Academic Technology (NAAT) and the Non Academic Staff of Universities and other allied institution (NASU) – under the Joint Action Committee (JAC) have also secured the same mandate from their members to commence strike on the issues.

“It is embarrassing for Nigeria to always be on the negative side of the news all in the name of strike, why do we need to go on strike always, are there no institutions in abroad, how many times have you hear about strike,.’ he said


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