The Oasis Reporters
September 21, 2017
THE three non-academic staff unions that commenced their strike after the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU strike have as well called off theirs that lasted for nine days.
Work for the Union members resumes on Monday, after fruitful deliberations with the Federal Government.
The suspension of the strike by the unions included non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
The decision by the three unions, under the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NASU, SSANU and NAAT, is expected to kick-start restoration of full academic activities in the government owned universities across the country. Though the University of Ilorin traditionally does not join such actions, reason it has a stable academic calendar.
The unions had on Monday, September 11, 2017, embarked on total and indefinite strike action to press for the implementation of the 12 demands including the 2009, 2012 and 2017 agreements signed between the unions and the Federal Government.
However, the statement jointly signed by Presidents of NASU, Comrade Anthony Ani, SSANU, Samson Igwoke and NAAT, Sani Suleiman, added that it would review the progress of the implementation of the agreement and may likely review its position afterwards if it is not satisfied with the progress of the execution of the agreement reached with government.
The statement said: “The negotiations we have had since the beginning of the strike have developed a template which we hope will be a panacea to the continued conflicts between the university based non-teaching staff unions and the Federal Government. We have developed an actionable template with specific timeframes to implement salient aspects of the agreement.
“Based on the foregoing and following exhaustive and extensive consultations with our various union organs, we hereby announce the suspension of the strike action embarked upon by the Joint Action Committee of NAAT, NASU and SSANU, on the understanding that the time lines agreed with the Federal Government on the various issues are met.”
It added that the unions shall come back in a month to review the level of compliance with the agreement and shall not hesitate to resume the strike action if government reneges on the agreements reached or delays in any aspect.
Source : Nigerian Tribune