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Is Nigerian Students Future Safe? Nigerian Varsity Worker Releases Date To Begin Indefinite Strike

Non-teaching staff across Nigerian Universities will begin an indefinite strike Thursday, January 14.

The strike, leadership of the workers’ union are arguing, is necessitated by issues bordering on IPPIS, the federal goverment’s new payment platform, sharing formula of the N40bn earned academic allowances, non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage, among others.

The development came as the Joint Action Committee, which consists of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), staged a 3-day national protest with demonstrators storming varsities across the country.

At the University of Abuja main campus, the President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, said they would proceed with their next plan of action by Thursday if the government failed to respond positively to their demands, saying the protest was just a tip of the iceberg.

SSANU chairman at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Fasunwon Williams, accused the Federal government of insincerity and failure to keep its promises.

At the University of Benin (UNIBEN), the chairman of SSANU/Joint Association Committee (JAC), Comrade Osewa Bedrocks, said the federal government wanted to strangulate them “so that we will not perform our responsibilities to members.”

The Lokoja branch chairman, SSANU/Joint Action Committee, Uche Onyedi, threatened complete shutdown of the university should the government failed to implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by the parties.

At the Bayero University, Kano, the protesters staged a peaceful demonstration from the institution’s convocation arena to the Senate building where they were addressed by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Adamu Sagir Abbas.

Presenting the letter of complaint to the VC for onward delivery to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, the SSANU chairman of the University, Dr Haruna Aliyu identified inconsistency in their monthly pay due to IPPIS as their major concern, urging the government to expedite action to address the issue as contained in the MoU it had signed.

The Vice Chancellor said the university was committed to ensuring that all members of staff get what is due to them.

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