Sunday 24th September, 2017
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Non-academic unions move to cripple activities in universities

Non-academic unions move to cripple activities in universities

Three non-academic unions are set to cripple activities in government-owned universities in the country fol­lowing the decision to commence a five-day warning strike over the inability of the Federal Gov­ernment to implement the 2009 Agreements with them.
The unions, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Univer­sities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Na­tional Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), said the strike, which is expected to com­mence on Monday (today), be­came necessary in order for gov­ernment to fully implement the agreement.
According to a statement made available to newsmen at the weekend, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions, stated that a letter of the warn­ing strike signed by Samson Ug­woke, SSANU President, Sani Su­leiman, President of NAAT and Chris Ani, NASU President had been send to the Minister of Ed­ucation.
The unions which listed some challenges that affect non-teach­ing staff that require urgent atten­tion, blame government for the problem of inadequate physical infrastructures and abandoned projects which they said had re­duced the capacity and output of its members.
“The University system is challenged by poor governance and administrative lapses which needs to be addressed holistically.
“Poor funding of our universi­ties, shortfall in payment of staff salaries, increasing corruption in the university system should be addressed,” parts of the state­ment read.

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