Reopening of universities hangs in balance as FUTA SSANU, NASU begin 3-days protest

By: Ade Adeleke

The hope of reopening the Nation’s Universities may be under may not be materialised afterall and still hanging in the balance, as the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) chapters of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) today joined a 3-day nationwide protest declared by their national bodies.

The two non-teaching staff unions of public universities had after a meeting of their National Joint Action Committee (JAC) last week announced that they would embark on the 3-day nationwide protest starting from Tuesday, January 12, to Thursday, January 14 to press home their demands on contentious issues to the Federal Government.

Addressing reporters shortly after the protest, Dele Durojaiye, Chairman of JAC FUTA chapter, said that the protest was a response to the Federal Government’s failure to address any of the issues contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) both parties reached and signed.

He said, “We are disappointed that the 2009 agreement with FG which bothered on Earned Allowances, Career Structure and progression of our members, encroachment into non-teaching units by Academic Staff among others, are yet to be honoured and implemented.

‘All our members are ready to embark on indefinite strike when public schools resume should government fail to meet our demand.’

He noted that without their demands being met, the hope of reopening universities in the country after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic would not materialise.

He also want the federal governmeng to address t pay them arrears of the new minimum wage and also address all issues related to contributory pension

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