Strike: We have 95% compliance - UI SSANU, NASU
Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) University of Ibadan, Wale Akinremi, says there is 95 per cent compliance on the five days warning strike directives from its national body.
Akinremi disclosed this in Ibadan on Monday while speaking on the resolve of SSANU and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) determination to get government’s attention on their three-point demand.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Akinremi stated that unpaid allowances spanning 10 years was one of the reasons for the strike.
He said: “The protest is all about our agreement with the Federal Government since 2009, that is about 10 years now. It has to do with our allowances that they have not paid about 10 years now. Then, we have been approaching the government to discuss this issue but they have been dilly-dallying and dragging feet.”
The academic chief also disclosed that failure to recognize staff school teachers and absence from her meetings by the government as earlier agreed was another factor for its action.
“Secondly, part of our agreement says staff school teachers are members of staff within the university system, they took us to court on this matter that they are not sure that that is the interpretation of our agreement.”
He continued: “NIC on the 5th of Dec. 2016 gave a judgement in favour of the staff school teachers but till date government is yet to implement that judgement and it has not even appeal that case.”
“And thirdly, on that agreement we say we should be meeting every three years; it is about three times that we ought to have met now to discuss development of the university, staff welfare, training and university development generally, they have been avoiding us, they have refused to meet with us.
“And for about three years now we have been doing everything to avert this particular strike but unfortunately we call the media, the public and attempted talking to the National Assembly and all are not yielding result, that is why we are where we are today; five days warning strike before we know the next line of action,”, Akinremi concluded.
Malachy Etim, NASU Chairman University of Ibadan, also said all members of NASU are eager to comply because their welfare needs to be improved upon.
“If there is any lecture going on it is the work of the lecturers as teaching is not our responsibility. We have locked some classrooms but some lecturers have the key so they can open them”, Malachy remarked.
He added: “But offices are under lock. We are telling the Federal Government that failure to call us to a roundtable we will declare an indefinite strike and close down all the universities.”
According to NAN, the entrance to the University of Ibadan was heavily guarded by security agents as men of the Nigerian Police Force and that of Department of State Security Services manned the gate.
NAN also reports that there were no vehicular movement into the campus as the gate was partially barricaded with mats spread across the road by the striking unions.
However, some of the students, who spoke with NAN on condition of anonymity, said some of them had lectures while some said they were unable to get access into their classrooms. (NAN)
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)