University unions demand N30 billion from FG to end strike

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) have asked the federal government to release the sum of N30 billion to them. The unions said the N30 billion is a condition given to the federal government to fulfill before they can call off their ongoing industrial strike action. The demand was made by the national vice president of SSANU, Alfred Jimoh, during a protest against FG’s refusal to negotiate and the failure of government officials to honour agreement reached with them.

Speaking to journalists, Jimoh said, should the federal government release the N30 billion as requested, it would be added to the N4.6 billion shared among the three non-teaching staff of the unions. Jimoh said: “Government should release more funds to take care of the arrears of the earned allowance of the three non-teaching staff of universities and commence the immediate implementation of the allowances to forestall further accumulation of the arrears.”

He also accused the government of adopting a divide and rule system among university workers. The union leader said the ongoing strike would become total until government responds to their demands. Further regretting the effects of the strike action on parents and their wards, Jimoh said the unions has no option but to continue.

The unions had embarked on an indefinite strike action against the federal government.. The unions were said to be protesting over their unpaid allowances.

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