As a matter of Urgent importance ...Senate seeks immediate end to NASU strike - aksu360

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As a matter of Urgent importance ...Senate seeks immediate end to NASU strike

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The Senate has expressed concern at the lingering strike by members of Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU). Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has accordingly mandated the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund to take up the challenge of bringing the striking workers to a round-table to resolve issues at stake. 

Ekweremadu gave the mandate during the debate of an Act to establish the City University of Technology, Auchi, and for other connected matters Bill 2018.

“We need to do something urgently about the NASU strike to ensure that we bring them back to their institutions. They have been on strike for a long time. The committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund should take the matter up and ensure that the workers go back to work. It has become a matter of urgent importance that something is done to get the workers back to work.”

Earlier on Wednesday, 21/02/2018, The University of Abuja, chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities called on the National Assembly to intervene in the ongoing industrial dispute between it and the Federal Government.

A statement by SSANU’s National President and Chairman JAC, Samson Ugwoke, said that the leader of UniAbuja chapter of SSANU, Malam Hassan Shallangwa, had presented a letter requesting the intervention of lawmakers. He said that the letter was presented to Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of House of Representatives, through his Special Assistant Media and Publicity, Turaki Hassan.

The statement said: “The Federal Government, through its relevant Ministers, have refused to dialogue with the unions and are pretending that all is well in our campuses, but we believe that it is only the National Assembly that can call them to order in the interest of Nigerian Education.

“The strike we embarked upon since December 4, 2017 has been crippling almost all activities on our campuses, yet the government remained passive about it.’’

Ugwoke expressed JAC’s dismay that the N23 billion paid by the Federal Government was cornered to pay the Academic Staff Union of Universities “for their Earned Academic Allowances”. He said that the three non-teaching staff unions were left with N4.6 billion (11%), as earned allowances.

Recall that members of Joint Action Committee comprising Non-academic Staff Union of Universities, SSANU and National Association of Academic Technologists have been on strike over Federal Government’s failure to pay their earned allowances. The strike commenced on December 4, 2017.

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