Over two months after they embarked on a strike, non-teaching staff of Nigerian federal universities have vowed not to return to work until the federal government addresses their grievances.

The chairman of the the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the workers’ unions, Samson Ugwoke, stated this position on Wednesday.

The affected unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT.

Members of the unions commenced an indefinite strike on December 4 last year, accusing the government of violating an agreement it had with them on the formula for sharing N23 billion it released to the universities as earned allowances. 

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The unions are angry that academic staff of the universities took the lion share of the allowances.

Ugwoke said the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, complained that government has no funds to settle the unions.

“Since 19th of December, 2017 the Minister of Education said they are still looking for money and also waiting for response from the presidency, although the minister acknowledged there was a mistake in the sharing of the N23 billion released by the government for earned allowances to teaching and the non-teaching staff,” he said.

According to the chairman, the unions rejected an appeal by the minister to suspend their strike while government sourced for funds.

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