September 11: SSANU, NASU To Join ASUU Strike On Monday
The Nigerian government has its hands full. The problems are multiplying and the ministers did not have enough time during Sallah to prepare documents for Wednesday's Federal Executive Council Meeting.
If the government fails to act before September 11 - all public universities in Nigeria will totally shut down indefinitely.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities appears to have switched to plan B. It appears to have reached out to its previously aggrieved brothers to join in the strike.
Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have unanimously voted to embark on an indefinite strike.
The key word there is VOTED!
The joint action committee of Non-Teaching Staff of Universities has directed its members to proceed on a nationwide strike on Monday.
The directive comes a month after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on a strike, shutting down some universities.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, Chijioke Ugwoke, Chairman of the committee, said the government has failed to implement an agreement it reached with the unions in 2009; hence the need for action.
“During the strike, there shall be no provision of services, no matter how skeletal,” he said.
“Concessions shall not be granted while all our members are to stay at home till further notice, unless as directed by JAC through their respective presidents.”
If the unions carry out their threat, the government will be battling to not only resolve its issues with them, but also with ASUU and resident doctors who embarked on a strike on Monday.