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Strike Continues, Varsity Unions Announce After Meeting Education Minister

The Joint Action Committee of the three non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian universities on Tuesday said their strike action would continue, despite the meeting they had with the Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu.

The strike action has been in effect since December 4, after the  Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the Non Academic Staff Union, NASU, the National Association Academic Technologists, NASS, jointly rejected the sharing ratio of the Earned Allowance released to the universities by the Federal Government.

Represented by their leaders under the Joint Action Committee, the unions had met with Mr. Adamu in Abuja Tuesday morning.

But the meeting failed to stop the strike.

“Government at the meeting acknowledged the legitimacy of our grievances and assured that efforts are being made to correct the unfortunate situation. We shall be invited subsequently when concrete actions have been taken in that regard,” read the JAC correspondence to the branches of the striking unions.

“Branch leaders are hereby informed that the strike still continues and advises that no stone should be left unturned to ensure full compliance of the strike directive. No retreat. No surrender.”

The correspondence, seen by CAMPUS REPORTER,  was signed by the national leaders of the three non-teaching unions: Samson Ugwoke for SSANU; Peters Adeyemi for NASU; and  Sanni Suleiman for NAAT.

The EA amounts to N23 billion. The sharing ratio of 89:11 between ASUU and the the three non-teaching unions, respectively, is the subject of the Industrial crisis currently rocking Nigerian universities.

The non-teaching unions stand opposed to the sharing ratio.

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