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Non-Academic Staff Of Universities Set To Begin Indefinite Strike Next Week

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Non-teaching staff of Nigerian Universities under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee has disclosed that nit will embark on indefinite strike from Monday, Sept. 11 over non-implementation of the 2009 agreement by the Federal Government..

The union which is made up of the National Association of Academic Technologists, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities made this known in a Statement  jointly signed by Mr Sani Suleiman, Mr Chris Ani and Mr Samson Ugwoke, Presidents of NAAT, NASU and SSANU made this known in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to Ugokwe, the Federal Government has been taking the non-teaching staff of universities for granted by breaching the implementation of the agreement of 2009 and Memorandum of Understanding signed with JAC in January 2017.

He said the unions had waited for eight years for the government to respond to the agreement  to no avail. Despite various consultations and Dialogues on the issue as well as several letters and embarked on several protests.

“Our demands include, the payment of earned allowances to our members, a review of the governance system in our universities.

“Improved funding in line with UNESCO recommendations, provisions of infrastructure in universities and payment of salary shortfall being owed members.

“Implementation of the National Industrial Court judgment on University staff schools, registration of NUPEMCO, implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for technologists, improvement of teaching and learning facilities in the universities.

“Stemming the tide of corruption in the university system, showing more commitment and seriousness in the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/University unions agreement, among others,” he said.

He said that during the strike, there would be no provisions of services, no matter how skeletal and all members are to stay at home until further notice unless as directed by JAC through their respective presidents.”

We do not know yet if this will affect the ongoing Post-UTME screening in various schools but from the look of this, it may affect it.

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