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Senate moves to avert looming strike in Nigerian universities

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Senate on Tuesday moved to resolve the looming strike of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

The Senate in its resolution agreed to engage leadership SSANU and NASU in order to find lasting solution to looming strike.

Both groups are threatening to go on strike to demand N30 billion Earned Allowance and to protest the Federal Government’s refusal to obey court judgment on staff school salaries.

A three-day protest to drive home their demands started at University of Ibadan branch on Monday.

Bringing the issue to the attention of the Senate in a motion on Tuesday, Barau Jibrin (Kano-APC) urged his colleagues to devise quick measures to avoid the industrial action.

He said, “The Senate notes with regrets that the issues over which the two unions have now given notice for industrial action are matters that concern their relationship with ASUU and alleged refusal of the federal government to execute agreement it had with them in 2006.

“The Senate further notes that their grievances also include the situation of their members on the national pension company which is now being operated by ASUU.

“The Senate observed from the allegation that ASUU is being accorded preferential treatment by the federal government because of allocation of 80 per cent of funds released as earned academic allowances while the remaining 20 per cent is allocated to non-academic staff.

“The Senate regrets that rather than accepting what they were given by the federal government, SSANU and NASU are asking a fresh demand of N20 billion to non-teaching staff as earned allowances for 2009 to 2016 period.”

Mr Jibrin noted that the Senate intervention was important due to the fact that the current administration is yet to constitute its cabinet.

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