NASU, NAAT, SSANU, Suspend Strike
The non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian government's universities have suspended their strike that has kept schools locked even after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended its industrial action.
The unions under their umbrella body, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) announced the suspension of the strike on Thursday after an elaborate meeting with representatives of the government.
JAC comprises the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
After talks that lasted for 8 hours, the National President of the 3 unions, Sam Ugwoke, told reporters in Abuja that the decision followed the agreement reached with the Federal Government.
The leader of the government representatives and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, had assured the unions that the Nigerian government would address all 12 issues raised by the striking workers.
JAC's strike had followed that of ASUU and had extended resumption time for students who had to wait for JAC to call off the strike.
For 2 weeks, members of JAC have been at home, leaving offices empty and giving full compliance to the declaration of the umbrella body.
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Part of what they want the government to address immediately are payment of their earned allowances and a review of the universities governance system.
After ASUU called off its strike on Monday, Bounce News visited Lagos State University to see what has changed, but most of the classrooms were locked due to the non-teaching staff unions' strike.
Nothing changed except for a few offices that were open but were on the look-out to avoid being picketed by the union executives.
The President of the Students' union, Kadiri Aruna, had earlier on Thursday asked both parties to shift ground for industrial harmony that will ensure they returned to school.
Lectures are expected to commence immediately, since ASUU asked its members to resume their duties.
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