NASU, SSANU Present New Payment Platform To FG

Officials of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) meet with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu in Abuja.

 

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have presented to the Federal Government a new payment platform through which they want their salaries to be paid.

The platform, known as the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) was presented by the Committee to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu at the Ministries Conference Centre in Abuja.

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While presenting the platform to Adamu, SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim, said it serves as an alternative to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) through which all personnel in the university system will be paid.

He noted that IPPIS was full of inconsistencies.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which is currently on strike, has also rejected IPPIS.

ASUU has come up with its own replacement for the payroll system: the University Transparency Accountability System (UTAS).

NASU, SSANU Threaten Indefinite Strike Nationwide

File photo: Members of the Joint Action Committee made up of NASU and SSANU protest in Abuja, the nation’s capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Another major setback looms in the nation’s education sector as the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) threaten a total and indefinite strike.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NASU and SSANU announced this in a communique on Wednesday, amid the ongoing warning strike by the unions.

They explained that the decision has become necessary following the government’s failure to address the issues that led to the warning strike.

“We had written no less than 10 letters or reminders to the government to no avail, not even an acknowledgement,” the communique read. “It was at the end of all these reminders with no acknowledgement by the government that we were left with no other resort but to embark on a two-week warning strike.

“Prior to the strike, due process was duly followed, and the notices were issued in line with the extant laws. Shamefully and painfully, there was no attempt by the Government to intercept or even invite the Unions to a meeting.

“This aloof and contemptuous attitude of Government further incensed our members who resolved that following the failure of Government to even invite the leaderships for a meeting, the strike should be extended by another two weeks before an indefinite and total strike is declared.

“As of today, the two weeks extension is getting to the middle and with no response insight from the government, we may be left with no resort but to embark on an indefinite and total strike. This is gradually becoming unavoidable and inevitable.”

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Some of the issues that led to the industrial action, according to the unions, include problems of inconsistencies in payment with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS), non-payment of earned allowances, and non-payment of arrears of national minimum wage and consequential adjustment, among others.

NASU and SSANU faulted the government for failing to implement an agreement it freely entered into with the unions.

They also called on Nigerians and stakeholders in the university system to prevail on the government to honour the agreement to avoid a ‘total breakdown of industrial harmony in the universities and inter-university centres.

Read the full text of the communique below:

JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE OF NASU AND SSANU PRESS CONFERENCE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 13TH APRIL, 2022 AT BOLTON WHITE HOTEL, ABUJA

Our friends from the Press, this meeting has been called to acquaint you with matters leading to and arising from the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).

This strike, like others before it, was borne out of the insensitivity and non-responsive nature of the Government and its officials to matters affecting the members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and by extension, the entire University System.

You will recall that the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU had embarked on an industrial action that started on Friday, February 5th, 2021, and culminated in a Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed on Thursday, February 20th, 2021. Prior to this, we had embarked on a fourteen-day warning strike which culminated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday, 20th October 2020.

It is pertinent to note that the issues that led to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of October 2020 and the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of February 2021 are the same issues that have led to this strike action of March 2022. It needs to be said that these same issues had led to previous Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Government in 2017, and 2018 before the agreements reached in 2020 and 2021.

Going by this, therefore, it is easy to conclude that the recurring cause of industrial unrest in our Universities and Inter-University Centres, especially between the JAC of NASU and SSANU and the Federal Government, has been the total disrespect and contemptuous disregard for Collective Bargaining Agreements by the Government.

What are the issues that have led to these strike actions?

The problem of inconsistencies in Payment with IPPIS;

Non-Payment of Earned Allowances;

Non-Payment of Arrears of National Minimum Wage and its Consequential Adjustment;

Poor Funding of State Universities;

Delay in Renegotiation of the 2009 Agreements;

Non-RELEASE of White Papers of Visitation Panels;

Usurpation of Headship of Non-Teaching Units in clear violation of Conditions of Service and Establishment Procedures; and

Non-Payment of Retirement Benefits to Outgone Members.

 

The Problem Of Inconsistencies In Payment With IPPIS

As had been expressed previously, while other stakeholders had from ab-initio rejected the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, the Joint Action Committee had embraced the payment platform with the belief that it would stem the tide of corruption in the University system and with the understanding that the peculiarities of the University system would be taken into consideration in its operations.

Alas, having permitted our members to enrol into the platform, what we witnessed was the most haphazard and disorganised pattern of salary application as our members began to receive salaries haphazardly, salaries of clerks paid to Professors and vice-versa, unpredictable salaries, non-issuance of payment advice or payslips, unsubscribed deductions to unknown organizations, non-remittance of payments to third parties especially Cooperative Societies and Unions, etc. The anomalies exposed a new underbelly of centralised corruption in the IPPIS office as against the decentralised corruption perpetrated by some University and Inter-University Centre Managements, which we had fought hard against.

In view of the pains experienced from IPPIS, we had engaged the Government and at the October 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreed that a five-man Committee would carefully address all the concerns raised by the Unions on IPPIS. This did not happen and the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of February 2021 resolved that the committee must hand in its report within one month i.e. March 2021. To date, one year after, we await the outcome of the work of the 5-man committee.

It should be noted that the 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) raised a challenge for the Joint Action Committee to come up with an alternative platform which we christened University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS).

This U3PS accommodates all the peculiarities of the university system and is a multi-tenant system that includes employees’ salaries, bonuses, deductions, generation of pay advice and financial reports using accounting best practices. The U3PS is the solution to the problems encountered through IPPIS.

We have since communicated our desire to present the Payroll System to the Federal Government but to date, after two years of notifying the Government of the existence of the payment platform, we have not been invited for a presentation talk less of accrediting it with the relevant Government agencies.

 

Non-Payment of Earned Allowances

The Earned Allowances are products of the FGN/NASU and SSANU 2009 Agreements. Following our industrial action of October 2020 and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) therefrom, the Government had accepted to pay a sum of N30 Billion Naira being part of the outstanding sum owed for Earned Allowances.

While the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had stated that the criteria for disbursement would be according to the computation from each University and Inter-University Centre in line with what is outstanding for each staff, sadly, when the said sum was released, it was evident that rather than adopt the submissions of Universities and Inter-University Centres, the Federal Ministry of Education in releasing N22 billion adopted a lopsided sharing formula of 75% for ASUU and 25% for other Unions.

Prior to the N22 Billion released late last year, previous disbursements had witnessed the same lopsided sharing formula without recourse to submissions from Universities and Inter-University Centres.

As responsible Unions, we have always demanded a forensic audit of all disbursements because we are convinced that the manner of disbursements and allocations are tainted with many irregularities which must be corrected going forward because the backlogs being owed our members continue to pile up. It is for this reason that we demand and insist that the N30 Billion originally agreed upon to be paid as part of what is being owed us, be released as a precondition for suspending the strike.

 

Non-Payment of Arrears of National Minimum Wage and Its Consequential Adjustment

It would shock Nigerians to hear that four years after the National Minimum Wage was signed into law, the arrears of the payment is being owed to workers in the University system. This has been a thorny issue that the 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and 2021 Memorandum of Action (MoA) addressed.

Specifically, the 2021 Memorandum of Action (MoA) stated that the amount being owed to Tertiary Institutions including Inter-University Centres was N18,629,473,989.39 (N18.6 Billion) which would be captured in the 2021 supplementary Budget.

It was also agreed that the money would be processed for payment within a three months time frame. Three months from March 2021 would have been June 2021 and the money was not paid. We have had four three months since March 2021 and all efforts including follow-ups at the Budget Office and other relevant offices have yielded no results.

 

Poor Funding of State Universities

We have continually made a case for the strengthening of the supervisory roles of the National Universities Commission to sanction or even deny accreditation to proprietors of Universities who are not meeting up to the personnel obligations of paying their staff, most especially State Governments.

As of today, many of our members in State Universities are being owed salaries running into arrears of months because of insufficient or zero subventions by State Governors. We had addressed our concerns on this issue in the 2021 Memorandum of Action (MoA) but to date, no action was taken on this. Our request for a meeting with the governors’ forum on this matter has also not attracted any positive response.

 

Delay in Renegotiation of the 2009 Agreements

We must admit that perhaps out of all the issues raised in the two Memoranda under reference, only the issue of renegotiations of the 2009 Agreements of NASU and SSANU is under processing.

These are however too early to conclude because meetings of the renegotiation team chaired by eminent Professor Nimi Briggs have only started. We however hope that tangible results are gotten from the engagements and discussions are not stalled as was the case in the past.

 

Non-Release of White Papers of Visitation Panels and Constitution of Governing Councils

The health of our University system is predicated on the assignment of Visitation Panels to the Universities and Inter-University Centres. One year after the Visitation Panels completed their assignments and reports submitted, and despite our continued agitations for release of White Papers, nothing has been done.

We wish to further add that while the Federal Government had constituted Governing Councils for a number of Universities, Universities of Agriculture have been without Governing Councils for upward of a year now leading to dislocations in the Governance of those specialised Universities.

 

Usurpation of Headship of Non-Teaching Units in clear violation of Conditions of Service and Establishment Procedures

Usurpation of Non-Teaching staff positions by academic staff has been an issue that we are very passionate about because of its truncation of the careers of our members. This was assured to be addressed in the 2021 Memorandum of Action (MoA) but to date, nothing has been done.

 

Non-Payment of Retirement Benefits of Outgone Members

Concerted effort has not been put in the payment of retirement and death benefits to our retired and outgone members and the hardship caused by inexplicable delays in payment of retirement and death benefits to retired and departed staff is excruciating.

These anomalies were pointed out to the Government and in the signed Memorandum of Action (MoA) of February 2021, it was agreed that within three months-timeline, efforts will be made to correct the anomalies. To date, nothing concrete has been done on the matter.

 

Conclusion

The above issues among others represent the core of our disagreement with the Government. Arising from the last memorandum and following up on the issues, we had written no less than ten letters or reminders to the Government to no avail, not even an acknowledgement.

The letters of reminder included those dated 26th July 2021; 18th August 2021; 25th October 2021; 22nd November 2021; 24th February 2022; 1st March 2022 and 16th March 2022.

It was at the end of all these reminders with no acknowledgement by the Government that we were left with no other resort but to embark on a two-week warning strike. Prior to the strike, due process was duly followed, and the notice were issued in line with the extant laws.

Shamefully and painfully, there was no attempt by the Government to intercept or even invite the Unions to a meeting. This aloof and contemptuous attitude of the Government further incensed our members who resolved that following the failure of the Government to even invite the leadership for a meeting, the strike should be extended by another two weeks before an indefinite and total strike is declared.

As of today, the two weeks extension is getting to the middle and with no response in sight from Government, we may be left with no resort but to embark on an indefinite and total strike. This is gradually becoming unavoidable and inevitable.

To say we are saddened by the developments is putting it mildly; it is unbelievable that a Government cannot live up to its honour by implementing an agreement it freely entered into. It is a sorry path that we had avoided but being left with no choice, we have brought our agitation to you with a view to presenting them to the world.

We call on well-meaning Nigerians and stakeholders in the University System to prevail on Government to honour the agreement it freely entered into with the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU in order to avoid a total breakdown of industrial harmony in the Nigeria Universities and Inter-University Centres.

Thank you.

Keeping Strike Too Long Will Be Counterproductive, Says SSANU President

SSANU President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on February 26, 2021.

 

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has said that keeping their industrial action too long would be counterproductive.

SSANU President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, said he hopes the Federal Government would not disappoint the union based on the recently signed Memorandum of Action.

He also noted that the union’s decision to call off its three-week strike was reached after considering the plight of the Nigerian students.

“We would have remained adamant but because we are a reasonable and responsible set of people, we felt that keeping this strike too long will be counterproductive to the development of the country,” he said.

“The onus of making sure we do not have to go back to this cycle is on the government itself. For us, we have listened to the voices of Nigerians, particularly our teeming young men who are the students and also the parents.”

Ibrahim’s comments come 24 hours after the non-teaching staff unions of universities announced the suspension of its three- week strike after signing a Memorandum of Action with the Federal Government team.

The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and SSANU had commenced an indefinite strike on February 5 over the failure of the Federal Government to resolve issues in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

They are also protested the sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage, among others.

NASU, SSANU Suspend Nationwide Strike

 

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) have called off its three-week industrial action.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the non-teaching staff unions of universities said the strike is with immediate effect.

The unions under the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU had on February 5 commenced an indefinite industrial action over the failure of the Federal Government to resolve issues in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, the sharing formula of the earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage, among others.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

PRESS RELEASE ON THE OUTCOME OF THE NEGOTIATION BETWEEN THE JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE (JAC) OF NASU AND SSANU AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THURSDAY, 25″ FEBRUARY, 2021 Our dear friends from the media You would recall that the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NASU and SSANU hed embarked on @ national strike which commenced on the midnight of Friday 5″ February. 2021, after a three-day nationwide protest and a 14-day notice of strike to take action on the content of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), reached between the Federal Government end the Unions on Tuesday 20th October 2020 The issues in contention are

 

  1.   Inconsistencies m IPPIS payments

 

2 Non-payment of arrears of National Minimum Wage

 

3 Non-payment of Earned Allowances

4 Delay in the renegotiation of FGN/NASU and SSANU 2009 Agreements

5 Non-payment of retirement benefits to oulgone members

6 Teaching staff usurping Headship of Non-teaching Units in clear Violation of Conditions of Service and Establishment procedures

7 Neglect and poor funding of State Universities

8 Non-constructive of Visitation Panel for Universities Following the announcement of the strike action, discussions ensued between the Federal Government, fed by the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment. Senator Chris Ngige and the leadership of the two Unions at the meetings held on Tuesday, 2% February, Thursday. 11″ February and Thursday, 25″ February 2021 At the end of the deliberations, understandings were reached with the Government side with specific timelines in line with democratic tenets and practice, we also consulted our various organs at the Branches with a view to getting resolutions on the way forward on the strike action The decisions of members from the various Branches were informed by patriots intentions given the fact that none of the specific issues Over which the strike was embarked upon has been immediately addressed

Consequently, in view of the written commitment so far gotten from the Government via a Memorandum of Action and in line with the majority resolution of our members across the Universities and Inter-University Centres that the strike is suspended while expecting Government to act in good faith on the Memorandum of Action, it is with a great sense of responsibility that we announce the suspension of the industrial action with effect from the midnight of Friday, 26″ February 2021.

We hope that Government shall reciprocate the patriotic and compassionate consideration of the leadership of the two unions and ensure that the agreements are implemented according to the set timelines We cannot afford to have our system set back due to protracted and avoidable Industrial actions and we believe that the ultimate buck to avoid Industrial actions in the university system lie solely on Government. Our decision should never be taken as cowardice or foolishness but in the interest of the students and the system which we hold very dear to our hearts.

Implemented by Government Even though the Government had given promises and assurances to stick to the terms of the Memorandum of Action @8 specified, the actions or inactions of Government in the following days and in line with the timelines. shall however determine their sense of honour and respect for Collective Bargaining Agreements Our resolve. going forward is made in the interest of the hapless Nigerian students and the educational system which has suffered untold damage and deterioration occasioned by the COVID-19 Pandemic and Industrial actions mn the last one year Having s prolonged strike by the JAC of NASU and SSANU lasting into months would add more to the already sorry state of the University system

We thank our members in the Universities and Inter-University Centres for thew resilience and commitment. We equally thank members of the press and other stakeholders for their interest in the plight of the Non-Teaching Unions of NASU and SSANU in the university system We implore you to continue to use your good offices to prevail on government to respect the terms of the Memorandum of Action in order to avoid another industrial action being a fallout of the failure of implementation of the MoA.

SSANU, NASU Proposed Strike Is Illegal – Ngige

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige says any strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities would be illegal and might prompt the ministry to take legal actions.

Dr Ngige while speaking to State House correspondents after a private meeting with the president in Abuja, said the last conversation the government had with the non-teaching staff ended with a plan by both parties to meet next week to continue negotiations, therefore any planned strike before that will be regarded as a breakdown in negotiations.

He added that if the negotiation and what has been agreed is not obeyed, then the ministry might have to refer the dispute upwards from the industrial arbitration panel to the national industrial court.

Ngige’s comment is coming as the leadership of both SSANU and NASU signed a joint statement declaring both associations will embark on strike beginning from the midnight of February the 5th 2021 to press home their demands which includes inconsistencies in the implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System IPPIS and delays in the renegotiation of their 2009 agreement with the federal government.

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Addressing the move by for a strike, Ngige said: “We will not claim ignorance of the fact that three unions in the University system, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT had given us notice of strike.

“The first two unions SSANU and NASU did that under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC, and as government, we have moved to apprehend the strike because we just came out from a strike that lasted for nine months that was executed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

“So in consonance with the labour laws, we have apprehended both strikes. They gave us Trade dispute notice, we scheduled meetings with them after apprehension, we held a meeting with NASU and SSANU last week Tuesday and the government position was explained to them.

“They have a lot of issues mentioned as their grouse, issues like IPPIS. They said IPPIS has amputated some of their allowances, they also have the issue of consequential adjustment that was paid to all civil servants as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000 for staff above Grade Level One, that is starting from Grade Level two up to level 17.

“Those in the University system have not received their own, that was an inadvertent omission and it was explained to them and even without their prompting, without their trying to go on strike, the government on its own has computed the amount involved up to January with effect from 19th April 2019 when the minimum wage took effect to January 2020, that is the allowance or the consequential amount that was missed in the 2020 budget.

“We explained that government plans to put that in the Supplementary budget of 2021 which will be submitted by the National Assembly as soon as the Minister of Finance resumes from vacation. On the issue of IPPIS, we explained to them that it is something that is of general application, a lot of civil servants, public servants had complained that some of their allowances were omitted in the payment of their emoluments.

“IPPIS office explained that it was work in progress, they are putting back those allowances and they showed evidence that they have put back so many. So these two issues are the cardinal issues in the points they have made.

“So in the main, after conferring with Mr President, we are telling the unions not to carry out the action because that action will run counter to ILO Statute on Social Dialogue and Principles at work because their employers have listened, they have brought them to the table. So for SSANU and NASU, we are imploring them not to carry out their threat which they said will take effect from this midnight.

“Moreso, when the meeting adjourned from their own instance. Just this morning I received a letter from them giving us a new date for the continuation of the dialogue, they proposed a new date of Thursday 11th of February and my office has communicated to the back that we will be ready for them at that time because as they claimed they needed time to consult with their constituency and come back on the fresh issues that have cropped up from the discussion. So I briefed Mr President on that.”

The minister stressed that he is very optimistic that if the unions give the government three months, then their demands will be met appropriately.

University Workers To Embark On Nationwide Strike Tomorrow

Members of the Joint Action Committee made up of NASU and SSANU, protest in Abuja, the nation's capital on January 12, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun
Members of the Joint Action Committee made up of NASU and SSANU, protest in Abuja, the nation’s capital on January 12, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun

 

Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of the Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU) have been directed to embark on a nationwide strike from Friday.

The directive was issued in a statement signed by the leaders of both university staff associations on Thursday.

Representatives of the federal government met with the unions on Tuesday, but the workers said the outcome was “not satisfactory enough to” assure them that government would meet their demands.

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The unions are asking, among other demands, for the government to rectify inconsistencies in the payroll of its members and pay minimum wage arrears.

The strike action, if followed through, could cripple most government-run universities.

The universities were shut for most of 2020 due to a nine-month strike carried out by academic workers and closures necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid a second wave of the pandemic sweeping through the country, the National Universities Commission in January urged universities to re-open and commence academic activities.

Friday’s strike could hamper the much-awaited restart.

What did the Unions say on Thursday?

In a statement signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi, and the SSANU’s National President, Mohammed Ibrahim, the unions said it would meet on Friday to “pass resolutions on the way forward” after its Tuesday meeting with the federal government.

“In the meantime,” the statement said, “the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, 5th February 2021 pending any contrary resolution by the Branches.”

Its Tuesday meeting with the government had been attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, the acting Chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, the Director of Tertiary at the Federal Ministry of Education and the Director of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

But the unions felt the government representation wasn’t adequate.

The Joint Action Committee leadership “noted that the quality of representation of Government and the fact that while the officials were quite relevant to the meeting, their mandate to effectively commit government on the issues in contention was not satisfactory enough to gain the confidence of the JAC leadership,” the statement said.

“The position was adequately conveyed to the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment.”

 

 

 

NASU, SSANU Meet With Labour Minister Over Imminent Strike

NASU, SSANU meet with the Minister of Labour.

 

The Federal Government is currently meeting with members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) over the strike declared by the unions a week ago.

Present at the meeting which is holding in Abuja is the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim; the spokesperson of the joint action committee of SSANU and NASU, Peters Adeyemi; among others.

The strike was declared on Friday by the joint action Committee of SSANU and NASU following their disagreement with the sharing formula of the N40 billion earned allowances which the Federal Government disbursed to the universities.

The non-teaching staff of the universities accused the government of giving priority to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The declared strike is expected to commence on Friday, February 5, even as the non-academic staff are demanding that their members be taken off the government’s Integrated Personnel Payroll Information (IPPIS).

They are also asking for a review of the sharing formula for the universities earned allowances between the teaching and non-teaching staff.

“The joint action committee of SSANU and NASU hereby resolves as follows: That members of NASU/SSANU shall embark on an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike with effect from February 5, 2021,” Adeyemi, said last Friday.

“Two weeks’ notice effective from today, Friday, January 22, 2021, is hereby given to the government and relevant stakeholders of this development.

“The October 2020 memorandum of understanding (MOU) resolved that the compliance of SSANU/NASU with respect to IPPIS would be corrected within two weeks.

“But three months after, there has been no correction of these anomalies leading to a high level of restiveness among our members who have been short-changed on account of the problem caused by IPPIS.”

SSANU, NASU To Commence Indefinite Strike On February 5

The joint action committee of SSANU and NASU, Peters Adeyemi, speaks during a press conference in Abuja on November 22, 2021.

 

The Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) have declared an indefinite strike beginning from February 5.

Announcing the decision on Friday in Abuja, the spokesperson of the joint action committee of SSANU and NASU, Peters Adeyemi, explained that the Federal Government has reneged on their October 2020 agreement where all parties agreed to address the issues leading to the strike.

The striking non-teaching staff is demanding that their members be taken off the government’s Integrated Personnel Payroll Information (IPPIS) as well as review the sharing formula for the universities earned allowances between the teaching and non-teaching staff of the universities.

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“The joint action committee of SSANU and NASU hereby resolves as follows: That members of NASU/SSANU shall embark on an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike with effect from February 5, 2021,” he said.

“Two weeks’ notice effective from today, Friday, January 22, 2021 is hereby given to the government and relevant stakeholders of this development.

“The October 2020 memorandum of understanding (MOU) resolved that the compliance of SSANU/NASU with respect to IPPIS would be corrected within two weeks.

“But three months after, there has been no correction of these anomalies leading to a high level of restiveness among our members who have been short-changed on account of the problem caused by IPPIS.”

SSANU Threatens Industrial Action If FG Does Not Listen To Protest Demands

 

The National President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mohammed Ibrahim says the union might embark on an industrial action if the Federal Government does not listen to their demands.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) had earlier on Tuesday commenced a three-day national protest over irregularities in Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) payments, non-payment of Earned Allowances, non-payment of arrears in minimum wage among other issues.

Ibrahim in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme Sunrise Daily said although negotiations are currently ongoing, the union might go on a strike.

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“In the labour laws, strikes are not abnormal. We can also go on strike but whenever our members go on strike, it is the last option, we don’t jump on strikes.

“We go on strike when it becomes inevitable, so I will not foreclose that if the government doesn’t listen (which I don’t want to believe because engagements have started), we will go on strike,” Ibrahim said.

The SSANU President explained further that situations are thoroughly assessed before the union proceed on a strike.

The ongoing protest, he said, is aimed at sensitising the Federal Government.

“We normally appraise situations. After day three of this protest, we will assemble in Abuja and appraise the situation. We will get our reports from the branches. The major aim of our protest is to sensitise the government for them to know that there is a problem and the problem is that they are not honouring agreements. From agreements, we have moved to MoUs.

“MoUs are turning to a charade – where you sit down, take tea and then sign MoUs which never see the light of the day,” he said.

Ibrahim said after the three-day protest, JAC will meet, appraise the situation and we will let the world their next line of action.

He also assured that whenever SSANU and NASU meet, any decision taken will be in the best interest of the system and their membership.

The University workers are also protesting the sharing formula of the N70 billion given the universities by the Federal Government.

They insist that the 75 per cent and 25 per cent sharing formula for the earned allowances does not favour their members.

Other issues include the delay in the renegotiation of FGN, NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members, neglect and poor funding of state universities, and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.

Members of the union who joined in the protest include the workers in the Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, Imo State; Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State capital; the University Of Ilorin, Kwara State capital and, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State, and other insitutions.

SSANU, NASU Members Commence Three-Day National Protest

Members of the Joint Action Committee made up of NASU and SSANU protest in Abuja, the nation’s capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Joint Action Committee of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has commenced a three-day national protest.

The protests follow an earlier statement by the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, and the SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim calling on all members in branches of Universities and Inter-University centres across the nation to embark on a protest.

The protesters in Abuja comprising members occupied the main gate of UNIABUJA Main Campus.

The members are protesting over irregularities in Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) payments, non-payment of Earned Allowances, non-payment of arrears in minimum wage among others.

They are also protesting the sharing formula of the N70 billion given the universities by the Federal Government.

Members of the Joint Action Committee made up of NASU and SSANU protest in Abuja, the nation’s capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

They insist that the 75 percent and 25 percent sharing formula for the earned allowances does not favour their members.

Other issues include the delay in the renegotiation of FGN, NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members, neglect and poor funding of state universities, and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.

Members of the union are also protesting in the Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, Imo State; Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State capital; the University Of Ilorin, Kwara State capital and, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State.

 

See below photos from the protest in Imo State and Abuja, the nation’s capital:

SSANU, NASU Reject UTAS, Propose Separate Payment Platform, Says Ngige

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) have kicked against the payment system proposed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

ASUU had asked the Federal Government to adopt the University Transparency Account System (UTAS), rather than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), for the payment of lecturers’ salaries and allowances.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed the position of NASU and SSANU to reporters on Thursday at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“There are other unions in the university system that are saying they will develop their own system, and that they are not going to go on to UTAS – Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), … ASUU is not the only union in the university,” he told journalists after defending the budget of his ministry in the Senate.

A file photo of the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

 

Ngige stated that the government was making effort to meet up with ASUU’s demands but warned against the use of different payment platforms in Nigerian universities.

He stressed that it was important for the government to ensure that the concerns of SSANU, NASU, NAAT, and others were addressed while working to ensure the return of the lecturers to the classroom.

The minister, however, hinted that the payment system proposed by ASUU had been forwarded to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for assessment.

He said, “If we ignore those people and what they are saying, even if ASUU calls off the strike, they will close the lecture halls, they will close the laboratories, they will close even the gates.

“It has happened before, entry gates into the universities; we don’t want that to happen. That is why we are taking them holistically and going in measure steps to be sure that we carry everybody along.”

ASUU has been on strike for nearly seven months and one of the union’s demands is to have its own payment system separate from the government’s IPPIS.

Several meetings between the union and the government have ended without a definite conclusion, raising concerns on the part of students who have been out of the classroom since March.

Unpaid Salaries: SSANU, NASU, Others Vow To Resume Strike In Imo State University

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Ahead of school resumption, the Joint Action Committee of Non-Academic Staff Union, National Association of Academic Technologists and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University in the Imo State University,  have resolved to resume their strike.

This follows the failure by the state government to pay salaries and entitlements owed to staff of the institution in the last eight months.

In a statement signed by Chairman of the Joint Action Committee, JAC Comrade Eugenia John-Anorun,  the union lamented that a good number of legitimate staff of the University have not received salaries since March this year thereby making life unbearable for them.

According to the statement, the government has continued to make selective payment of salaries since February 2020 including the removal of the JAC Chairman from the salary schedule since July this year for undisclosed reasons.

The statement accused the government of non-remittance of outstanding staff pension deductions to staff retirement savings account, non-remittance of check-off dues to the unions, and nonpayment of earned allowances contrary to the memorandum of understanding entered into between the government and the University.

The union warned that the attempt by the government to enroll staff of the University into the Treasury Single Account would infringe on the university autonomy noting that the unions would resist such measure as such tertiary institutions have their peculiarities.