Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

Non-academic unions under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) in the Nigerian universities have given notice of plans to embark on a warning strike.

The strike action will last for five days.

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The participating unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

The strike action, according to the Joint Action Committee (JAC), is predicated on a need to forcefully bring governments attention to its non-compliance to the 2009 FGN-Non-Teaching Staff Unions Agreements.

A letter signed by SSANU President, Mr Samson Ugwoke, Mr Sani Suleiman, President of NAAT and Chris Ani, NASU President has been sent to the Minister of Education. Copies of the same letter have been sent to the Minister Labour and Employment, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission and President of Nigeria Labour Congress.

Copies of the same letter have been sent to the Minister Labour and Employment, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission and President of Nigeria Labour Congress.

The JAC stated that the University system is challenged by poor governance which has to be holistically addressed.

It also blamed inadequate infrastructure, abandoned projects, dilapidated structures as one of many hindrances to optimal output by its members.

In a related development, the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari was called to what the JAC described as “continued industrial unrest at Federal University of Technology, FUTA, Akure.”

This is in relation to issues of disagreement between the union and the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Adebiyi Daramola.: the need for decisive government action concerning the university’s Vice Chancellor.”

According to the union: “It is noteworthy that the university has been experiencing serious industrial disharmony since Oct. 6, 2016 as a result of workers demand for the removal of the VC on grounds of alleged corruption and maladministration.

“Sir, it is on record that the Vice Chancellor has a case to answer at the EFCC. He is however yet to be arraigned. Indeed, the allegation of corruption against the VC is substantial.

“It is the candid opinion of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) unions of NAAT, NASU and SSANU that a government which is bent on fighting corruption in all ramifications should not turn a blind eye under these circumstances.

“So, it will be in the interest of justice and industrial harmony that the VC be prosecuted by the relevant government agencies so that normalcy can be restored in the university,’’ it said.

NAN