SSANU, NASU suspend strike for 60 days

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Association of Senior Executives of Universities of Nigeria (SSANU) and the Union of Non-Academic Staff of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU) has announced the suspension of the unions’ ongoing strike during two months.

The suspension came after the committee met with the education minister earlier this week.

The suspension of the strike is expected to take effect from Wednesday August 24, 2022.

NASU General Secretary, who is also JAC Spokesperson, Peters Adeyemi revealed this in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday.

Adeyemi said the two-month window was meant to allow the federal government to implement the agreement reached.

According to him, part of the deal was the government’s decision to set aside the sum of N50 billion for the payment of earned academic allowances, a compelling decision on the University Particular Personnel Pay System (U3PS), the publication of the white paper on university visits. panel and funding of universities.

On the low funding of federal institutions, Adeyemi noted that the minister had ordered the National Universities Commission (NUC) to ensure that all schools are up to date on what they are supposed to do, otherwise sanctions will be imposed. to any institution. which is default.

He said, “The Minister of Education has also assured that no member of the unions who participated in the strike will be victimized, the minister said, President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to spend 15% of the national budget to education.

“On the salary payment system, the minister said that the alternative payment systems provided by ASUU JAC of NASU and SSANU worked very well. in place before taking action.

Adeyemi said that after very protracted negotiations and dialogue between the two unions and the Federal Government led by the Minister of Education, the two unions decided to suspend the strike for the initial period of two months.

“When we presented the offers that the government has made to our members, they believe that since the majority of the issues in dispute have been substantially dealt with by the government, the strike is therefore suspended as of this Wednesday August 24, 2022”, he added.

LEADERSHIP reports that the two unions had embarked on strike action in March 2022 over issues that border on underfunding of universities, earned stipends and other welfare issues.

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