The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, has commenced its three-day nationwide protest over the Federal Government disobedience to court judgement on staff of schools and the inability of FG to keep to agreements especially on Earned Allowances.
According to Vanguard News, the resolution to embark on the protest was reached at the 35th regular National Executive Council, NEC, meeting held at Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
In a resolution signed by the union’s president, Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke and the National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Abdussobur Salaam, SSANU accused the FG of disobeying judgement of the National Industrial Court, Abuja, that had two years ago aked that the teachers in University Staff Schools that were sacked by the government should be reinstated.
Vanguard News reported that, SSANU President, said that the government has not released the N8billion Earned Allowance it promised to them.
Recall that the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige had as part of the resolution reached at a conciliation meeting on the 13th of March 2018, announced that the FG will pay the three non teaching staff N8billion as their Earned Allowance.
Several months later, the agreement is yet to be met by the federal government.
“The FG through the Federal Ministry of Education had informed the chairman of the Joint Action Committee of NAT, NASU and SSANU via letter dated 9th of 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 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,” the resolution read.