This is a news we dont get everyday. For the first tim in a long time, the Non-teaching staff of Nigerian Universities under the auspices of Joint Action Committee says it will embark on an indefinite strike from Monday, Sept. 11 over non-implementation of the 2009 agreement.
The union comprise the National Association of Academic Technologists, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities.
A statement jointly signed by Mr Sani Suleiman, Mr Chris Ani and Mr Samson Ugwoke, Presidents of NAAT, NASU and SSANU made this known in Abuja on Wednesday.
Ugokwe said that the Federal Government was taking the non-teaching staff of universities for granted as it had breached the implementation of the agreement of 2009 and Memorandum of Understanding signed with JAC in January 2017.
He said the unions had waited for eight years for the government to implement the agreement it freely entered into with them and yet the government has been unresponsive.
“Our demands include, the payment of earned allowances to our members, a review of the governance system in our universities.
“Improved funding in line with UNESCO recommendations, provisions of infrastructure in universities and payment of salary shortfall being owed members.
“Implementation of the National Industrial Court judgment on University staff schools, registration of NUPEMCO, implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for technologists, improvement of teaching and learning facilities in the universities.
“Stemming the tide of corruption in the university system, showing more commitment and seriousness in the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/University unions agreement, among others,” he said.
He said that during the strike, there would be no provisions of services, no matter how skeletal and all members are to stay at home until further notice unless as directed by JAC through their respective presidents.”
He noted that the unions had engaged in various consultations and dialogues with the government on the issues at stake and had written several letters and embarked on several protests to no avail.