Staff of the National Institute for Sports (NIS) under the auspices of Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions (JORAISU) are not happy.

On Monday, they joined their counterparts in research institutions in the country to embark on peaceful demonstration to press home their demand for the payment of 53.37 percent outstanding arrears.

The members, who carried placards in protest round the National Stadium, Lagos, said they have suffered untold hardship since their rights were denied in 2009.

They are also protesting the non-establishment of a central body for research institutions in the country that would facilitate the smooth running of the institutes.

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In a joint statement, spokespersons of the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutes (ASURI), Ken Omezi, Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Comrade Kehinde Lawal and Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutes (SSAUTHRIAI), representatives that made up JORAISU said emphatically that there is no going back on their indefinite strike action.

"The government is so insensitive to the plight of research institutions in the country. Our leaderships have met with the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbe who promised to table our matter at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting but up till this moment nothing has been heard.

"It's on record that other institutions of higher learning have been paid their 53.37 percent arrears, leaving out the research institutes which necessitated the strike and there will be no going back until our demands are met," concluded the union leaders.


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