The Senior Staff Association Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Education Institutions (NASU) declared that they will embark on a nationwide industrial action on February 5, 2021, in an effort to compel the Federal Government to comply with their demands. This was revealed by Mr. Peters Adeyemi, NASU General Secretary, in a statement jointly signed by Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, SSANU President, on Thursday, in Abuja. According to Adeyemi, after the meeting with the FG this week, both unions have called for general meetings with all branches and would go on strike on the 5th of February.
“This is to give reports on the outcome of the conciliation meeting and pass resolutions on the way forward. The resolutions of the branches must reach the respective National Secretariats on or before Tuesday, Feb. 9.
“In the meantime, the nationwide strike takes effect from 12 midnight, February 5, 2021, pending any contrary resolution by the branches,” Adeyemi said.
It could be recalled that the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions had last week threatened to embark on strike on February 5, to press home its demands, including, rectifying inconsistencies in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS), non-payment of arrears of minimum wage, delay in renegotiation with government, NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, among others.
Also, recollect that recently the Federal Government said it had set up a Joint Committee to investigate concerns related to the issues raised by the SSANU and NASU over payment anomalies.
The Federal Government said that it is responding “to issues on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and what is being done to assist the University non-academic workers, who have had some complaints in that direction in terms of some of the allowances they said were chopped off by the IPPIS system.”