The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) has announced that it will begin a three-day nationwide protest on Monday, December 17, over an alleged disobedience by the federal government to a court judgment on the issue of staff schools.
The alleged disobedience of the federal government also relates to its refusal to implement an agreement reached with the union especially on earned allowance.
According to reports, SSANU made the resolution at its 35th regular National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the Enugu state University of Science and Technology.
The report said the resolution was signed by its national president, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, and the national public relations officer, Comrade Abdussobur Salaam.
The report said SSANU accused the federal government of not obeying the judgment of National Industrial Court, Abuja, which ruled that the teachers in university staff schools who were sacked by government should be reinstated.
The union further alleged that the federal government has not released the N8 billion earned allowance it promised its members.
Senator Chris Ngige, the labour minister, had announced that the federal government would pay the three non-teaching staff unions N8 billion as their earned allowance, but SSANU laments that months after, the promise has not been fulfilled.
“The federal government through the federal ministry of education had informed the chairman of the Joint Action Committee of NAAT, NASU and SSANU via a letter dated 9th August 2018, that approval had been given for the release of eight billion naira being payment of earned Allowances for non-teaching staff in the universities and requested for templates for the payments to the unions.
“It appears that the letters being sent to the unions are a delay ploy by the Federal Ministry of Education as the letters in themselves are needless because the unions had always made their positions known since the irregular disbursement of N23 billion to ASUU in 2017.
“Members have been fully mobilised to participate in the protests, while branches are advised to carry along the media and the security agencies accordingly,” it stated.