Be Prepared For ‘Mother Of All Strikes’, University Workers Tell FG

Members of the national leadership of NASU and SSANU at a press conference in Abuja on August 22, 2019. Inset: SSANU’s National Vice President (North), Mr Solomon Alfa.

 

 

University workers in the country under the umbrella of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have warned the Federal Government to brace up for an indefinite nationwide strike.

SSANU’s National Vice President (North), Mr Solomon Alfa, disclosed this to at a press conference following a meeting of the Joint Action Committee of both unions on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

At the end of the meeting, the workers who are on a five-day warning strike asked the government to prepare for what they termed as the “mother of all strikes”.

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The labour leaders are threatening to proceed on a nationwide industrial action barely 24 hours to the expiration of the ongoing one-week strike by the union members.

Both unions had directed their members to commence the warning strike from Monday to Friday in a letter dated August 16 and jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi, as well as the National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke.

They gave the directive to all branch chairmen of the unions across the country after the 14-day ultimatum they issued to the government expired.

The unions accused the government of failing to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues raised, including the payment of earned allowances to members.

Others are university staff schools matter and the renegotiation of 2009 Agreements.

The Joint Action Committee had warned that the National Executive Councils of the two unions would not hesitate to sanction those who fail to comply with the directive.

NASU, SSANU Commence Warning Strike

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Suspend Indefinite Strike
(Files) The leadership of the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU at a meeting on September 6, 2017 in Abuja.

 

 

Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) have commenced a five-day industrial action.

This followed the directive of the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU to all branch chairmen of the unions across the country.

In a letter dated August 16 and jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr Peters Adeyemi, as well as the National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke, the members were directed to embark on strike from Monday.

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The leadership of both unions explained that the industrial action was as a result of the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government.

They also accused the government of failing to show firm commitment towards resolving the issues raised by the unions, including the payment of earned allowances to members.

Others are university staff schools matter and the renegotiation of 2009 Agreements.

“You are hereby directed to embark on a five (5) day strike effective from Monday, 19th to Friday, 23rd August 2019.

“Be informed that the strike is total and comprehensive for the five days. No form of concession or internal arrangement should be made with management while all members must be directed to stay away from their duty posts,” the committee directed members.

It, however, warned that the National Executive Councils of the two unions would not hesitate to sanction those who fail to comply with the directive.

Read the full statement below:

DIRECTIVE ON FIVE DAY NATIONAL STRIKE

Following the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the Government and
its failure to show firm commitment towards resolving the following issues:
1. Payment of Earned Allowances
2. University Staff Schools matter
3. Renegotiation of 2009 Agreements; you are hereby directed to embark on a
five (5) day strike effective from Monday, 19th to Friday, 23rd August 2019.

Be informed that the strike is total and comprehensive for the five days. No
form of Concession or internal arrangement should be made with
Managements while ALL members must be directed to stay away from their
duty posts.

Kindly recall the decision of the National Executive Councils of the two unions
to the effect that Branches that default in compliance should be sanctioned.
The National leadership shall not hesitate in this regard.

You are hereby directed to fully mobilise your members and ensure full
compliance.

Yours in the struggle.

Comrade Peters A. Adeyemi,          JP Comrade Samson C. Ugwoke
General Secretary (NASU)              National President (SSANU)

NASU Protests ‘Unfair’ Disparity In Earned Allowance

 

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) have kicked against the disparity in the latest agreement between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which allocated 20 percent allowance to NASU and 80 percent to ASUU.

The Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) chapter of the Union said it is rejecting the formula which it believes is a deprivation of the workers’ rights.

According to the Chairman of NASU, FUOYE chapter, Femi Ayodele, the combined members of both NASU and the SSANU, want a reversal of the formula and release of N30 billion.

“This is against the agreement we signed with the Federal Government in 2009.

“In the University system, we are all equal; ASUU is an independent union, signed an agreement with FG, SSANU and NASU are independent unions, we have an agreement with the FG also. How on earth could they have perpetrated that injustice, giving us 20 percent of earned allowance and gave other 80 percent to ASUU?

“This is what we have rejected, the 20 percent. In compliance with the directives of the National body, we are demanding the sum of N30 billion from FG.”

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They also alleged undue intimidation by the authorities of FUOYE while accusing the management of not following due process in taking vital decisions as regards the welfare of workers

But the Director of Administration in the office of the Vice-Chancellor debunked the allegations.

“The only ones I’m aware has to do with an academic staff who has absconded, another staff in ICT who also disappeared. Will the management fold their arms and watch while things get deteriorated? He asked.

“What happened is that the two staff were queried and afterwards responded to the query online.”

SSANU, NASU Leadership Meet Over NUPENCO, Others

 

The leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), are meeting  in Abuja over different issues affecting members of the joint union.  

According to a source within the SSANU leadership, the joint action committee meeting is to reach a resolution regarding notice of strike to handed to the Federal Government.

According to the source who did not want to named, the strike notice is as regards certain issues which the unions want resolved urgently.

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The source stated that one major issue that needs to be looked into is National University Pension Company (NUPENCO), the newly registered pension manager  by ASUU, a programme which the source says the joint union is against the enrollment of their members.

There are indications that the joint union will also be asking the FG to audit the universities account with specific focus on earned allowances that have been paid to universities and how these monies were shared.

The source says the unions will also direct members to mobilize for a protest on the fifteenth of July to send a notice of strike to the Federal Government.

UNIOSUN Non-Academic Workers Take Protest To House Of Assembly

 

The Non-Academic members of staff of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) on Tuesday protested at the state House of Assembly.

The workers were protesting non-payment of their March salary.

Members of the unions during the protest alleged that the Vice-chancellor and the management of the institution have withheld the workers’ salaries for the month of March while it paid that of the Academic members of staff.

The Joint Action Committee comprising of Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Academic of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) had last week called off their three-week-old strike.

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This was after the intervention of the House of Assembly members who promised that no worker will be victimised for embarking on the industrial action.

The NASU workers during their protest on Tuesday demanded that the vice-chancellor, Professor Labo Popoola be probed for alleged mismanagement of N106 million. The workers also said that over N3billion handed over to the vice-chancellor by the last administration should be accounted for.

The workers also want the report of the investigative panel that was set up to probe the vice chancellor be made public.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly who received the workers, Honourable Adegboyega Akintunde promised that the House will investigate the matter and proffer solution.

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Suspend Strike

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Suspend Indefinite Strike
(Files) The leadership of the Joint Action Committee met in Abuja on September 6, 2017.

 

The non-teaching staff of universities under the platform of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) have suspended their three months strike that affected academic activities in the institutions.

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

JAC Chairman, Mr Samson Ugwoke, announced the suspension of the industrial action on Wednesday while addressing reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He attributed the decision to the recent commitment demonstrated by the Federal Government and consequently directed members of the unions to resume work immediately.

The unions had commended an indefinite industrial action in December 2017 to protest the Federal Government’s failure to implement their 2009 agreement.

Other issues in contention bordered on non-payment of allowances, alleged usurpation of non-teaching staff jobs by academic staff, alleged disobedience of the National Industrial Court’s order on funding of staff schools, as well as alleged corruption in the university system.

Students Lament Over Incessant NASU, ASUU, SSANU Strike

As the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) continues its one week strike, the West African Student Union (WAFU)  has asked the Federal Government to settle all outstanding agreements with both teaching and non-teaching university lecturers to enable them to return to classes as soon as possible.

The students also called for adequate funding of the education sector in 2018, in order to end the incessant face-off between the Federal Government and lecturers of tertiary institutions just as it has given to other sectors of the economy.

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President of WAFU, Zacchaeus Maikudi speaking in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria over the weekend lamented the negative effects of the current strike by the Non Academic staff of universities on the students. He said it is high time the Federal Government deploy adequate resources to the sector, to address its endemic problems.

According to him, poor education funding had left the system with myriads of problems with negative impact on quality and standard of education in the country.

The Students Union Leader, further stressed that sound and qualitative education will only be provided if the gaps in learning facilities and welfare of staff are properly addressed through efficient and effective funding.

“We know that the Federal Government has been trying in tackling issues that have to do with ASUU strike, SSANNU strike and so on. We believe that the government is trying to see the end of all these strikes, because we had the information that some academic staff have received their earn allowances. So the only contradiction is that of the non-academic staff union. Our appeal to the federal government is to see how they can reach out to those non-academic staff Union members to see how education in this country will have a smooth running.

“We are eager to graduate, our younger ones are also coming into the system, and we want to see them prosper. Therefore, we want the federal government to please come in a special way to intervene, to see how this matter will be resolved,” he said.

Maikudi believed that proper funding of the education sector will end the lingering face-off with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other unions in polytechnics and colleges of education.

SSANU, NASU, Others Shut Down OAU In Protest

The workers of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, have staged a protest on Tuesday, November 28, over what they call a disparity in earned allowance shutting down the institution in the process.

The workers claim that the allowance sent from the Federal Government is not evenly distributed, protesting “injustice in the distribution”.

Mr Ademola Oketunde, the Chairman Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) OAU, Ile-Ife branch giving reasons for the protest said the  Federal Government sent N23 billion to all universities as their earned allowance,  but condemned the percentage which the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) intends to give to the non-teaching staff of the institution.

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Oketunde said that N168 million was given to ASUU, while N1.6billion was allocated for other four unions of OAU. According to him, they would have allowed the school management to share the money by themselves.

he said the unions are: Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T), OAU, Ibadan, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and NAAT.

The chairman said the other unions follow due process concerning the allocation, whereas ASUU did not follow due process, but went straight to Abuja without passing through bursary.

“We need to give good legacy to students we are producing, if truly we want to fight corruption in Nigeria,” he said.

Also, Mr Wole Odewumi, the Chairman, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), said that the distribution has been politicised.

Odewumi called on Federal Government to intervene as a matter of urgency, so as to maintain peaceful coexistence in the university community.

Meanwhile, Mr Obafemi Ogunseyi, the Chairman, National Association of Academic Technologies (NAAT) called on the government to ensure total eradication of corruption in Nigeria.

Ogunseyi said that all unions are equal and important on campus, for all are contributing their quota to the success of the Students, saying ASUU alone cannot build the students.

He said that without technologists, the students cannot become competent scientists because they have to do the practical aspect of their course, which is 40%.

Mr Oluranti Shadrach, the Chairman, IAR&T, OAU, Ibadan, assured the populace that the money would not be shared until the necessary adjustment is made.

 

NASU, Others Begin Indefinite Strike Action

A joint union comprising the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and some other unions have on Tuesday, November 14, declared a total and indefinite strike action.

The other unions include Senior Staff Association of Teaching Hospitals, as well as Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions.

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This is following the expiration of the 15-day ultimatum issued by the group to the Federal Government on Monday, October 30, 2017.

The industrial action which the workers’ union say would commence today, November 14, is to protest the non-implementation of several agreements reached with the Federal Government on new salaries structures, unpaid earned allowances and a review of retirement age for members.

The general secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi speaking in Abuja today said that the strike action is the last option for his members, after the unions in the last five years, have entered into several agreements with the government, but have not been honoured.

The group is among other demands, protesting the non-payment of 12 months salaries arrears, unpaid earned allowances as well as the implementation of the new retirement age of 65 for its members.

NASU Accuses UNIOSUN VC Of Mismanaging N106million

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational (NASU) in Osun State University have accused the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola, of mismanaging over N106million funds of the institution. 

The union in a petition dated October 18, 2017, alleged that Popoola had since the beginning of his tenure in November 2016, syphoned and mismanaged the state-owned institution’s N106,607,592.00.

The petition which was jointly signed by the Chairman and Acting Secretary of NASU, Isaiah Fayemi, and Dada Kunmi, respectively claim that “Popoola had been doing everything in his power to discredit, silence and cripple NASU in Osun State University in order to get away with his financial impropriety.”

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A copy of the petition which was sent to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the UNIOSUN Governing Council, Malam Yusuff Ali and was obtained by Channels Television correspondent was entitled: “Reasons Why The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola is After NASU.”

It reads in part, “Permit us to say that we are worried that the VC, Professor Labode Popoola, has been able to successfully commit all these under your watch as the Governing Council Chairman, going by your antecedents. We are not also surprised because he (VC) has been boasting that he (VC) is in control of the Governing Council under your watch. Sir, his actions so far also confirmed the statement.

“Mr Chairman Sir, we are reliably informed that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola has written against NASU to the Governing Council for a sole purpose of blackmailing our union, NASU. If the VC is not predetermined to unjustly deal with NASU in order to cover-up his dirt, why is he monitoring our congress? Or, can’t we gather together again as enshrined in Section 40 of Nigerian constitution of 1999 as amended.

“All these against NASU, he (VC) is doing because he must have been informed that NASU is the only union that can expose his financial impropriety. Sir, NASU members have refused to be intimidated, humiliated, and victimised by the Vice Chancellor or anyone in the corridors of power because our union stands for truth, justice, equity and operates with facts and figures.”

The NASU has also called for the immediate probe of the allegations of fraud levelled against Popoola, warning the Governing Council against sweeping the accusations under the carpet.

Upon receipt of this petition calling for Popoola’s probe, it was authoritatively gathered that the university’s Governing Council in its meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017, constituted a panel to investigate the allegations.

A three-man panel chaired by a professor of International Relations at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Solomon Akinboye was set up to investigate Popoola.

Other members of the panel include Mr Awe from National Universities Commission and Mr Nurudeen Adeagbo from the Osun State Ministry of Works.

When contacted, Professor Popoola simply described the allegations as a situation of “corruption fighting back in the university.”

“Just do your independent search on Labode Popoola as a person, a scholar and an administrator. Find out how much UNIOSUN is worth in cash, after years of profligacy and sleaze by the current petitioners.

“Find out how a VC has succeeded without government subvention to pay staff salaries in full before the end of the month, for his 12 months in the saddle. Reflect also on what unionism has become in our clime- a tool of cheap blackmail by people who have no business being in the academia. We are dealing with a simple case of corruption fighting back,” he said.

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Suspend Industrial Action

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The non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian government universities under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) have suspended their industrial action.

JAC comprises members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

National President of the three unions, Sam Ugwoke, announced the suspension at a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

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The decision followed the agreement reached with the unions by the Federal Government, after eight hours of negotiations since last night.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who led the Federal Government delegation at the meeting, gave assurances that the government has agreed to address all 12 issues raised by the striking workers.

The strike was suspended two weeks after the unions declared a “total and comprehensive” industrial action.

Some of the demands of the striking workers include the immediate payment of earned allowances and a review of the universities governance system among other issues.

The decision is a welcome development for stakeholders in the education sector, as well as students of government-owned universities as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had also suspended its strike with conditions.

ASUU’s decision was announced by its president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, on Monday in Abuja after a reconciliation meeting with a Federal Government team.

Professor Ogunyemi had explained that the suspension was conditional, as it depends on whether the Federal Government would fufil its parts of the agreements.

FG Meets SSANU, NASU Leaders In Abuja

The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige is meeting with the Joint Action Committee meeting of non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian government universities, to find ways on how to solve the ongoing strike.

The meeting, which is ongoing in Abuja, is attended by the Minister of State for Labour, Chairman Income Salaries and Wages Commission.

Also present are leaderships of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).

Others include Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, NLC President, SSANU/NASU leadership and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige had offered assurances of the government’s commitment to immediately commence the payment of salary shortfalls and funding for universities’ infrastructure.

The government had reached a fresh agreement with the striking unions with the assurance to commence the payment of salaries shortfalls as well as the quarterly revitalisation funds for universities immediately.

Updates to follow…