By Beauty John, LAFIA
Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU) and the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Nasarawa state University. Keffi, Tuesday, blamed the setback in the university system on the Federal Government’s non implementation of certain demands by the associations.
The associations claimed the federal government owes them about forty billion naira allowances since 2001.
The chairman Joint Action Committee (JAC), Comrade Zubairu Adamu, while addressing newsmen in Keffi, said the federal government’s blatant refusal to comply with the demands of the unions since 2009 has made it necessary, to hold a peaceful protest from Tuesday, 12th January to Thursday, 14th January, 2021.
Prompt News reports that the Unions of Nasarawa state university on Tuesday, joined other colleagues across campuses in the country by declaring a three-day peaceful protest.
According to Adamu, the protest is a reminder that should government refuse to heed to their demands, they will have no option but to embark on indefinite strike action.
He expressed disappointment over the government’s failure to implement any of their demands since 2009, despite the agreement reached between the JAC and the government.
According him, while some persons may see the protest as a setback on education from the unions, he urged all well meaning Nigerians to blame the government for lacking the will to bring the problem to an end.
“We have met severally with the government even to the point of undertaking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and you ought to know that reaching agreement is not just one party but between all concerned coming together to agree on terms which we did.
“The issues were outlined and tabled out between the two parties,but to our greatest dismay government on her part failed to consider even one aspect of that agreement” Adamu pointed.
Also speaking, the Branch chairman, Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) Nasarawa state university, Comrade, Yunana Usman, said there are series of challenges faced by the union in the state university, Keffi, which he pointed out that first among others was payment of salaries.
” The state government had promised to take over the payment of our salaries, yet it has become near impossibility for the government keeping to the promise.
“As I talk with you, we are yet to receive our December 2020 salary,” he added.
Usman continued “We held a meeting with the management over the matter and they travelled down to Lafia two days ago, but what we got was that government said they are not going to pay us, for two reasons.
“One, that the academic staff have been on strike and they still pay them salary, so for that reason they are not going to pay us.
He added that NASU’s refusal to comply by filling the IPPIS biometric forms was the second reason behind their non payment.
In his remark, Comrade Suleiman Buhari Keffi, deputy national president NASU and the chairman Universities and inter-university center in Nigeria, in solidarity with the unions on the peaceful protest, said they held a meeting at the National JAC last Friday in Abuja, purposely and reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed by both the federal government and JAC of NASU and SSANU, but discovered that all the contents therein in the Memorandum were not adhered to by the government.
“So we call on all the branches through a circular to mobilise their members for 3 days Peaceful protest across the various universities campuses in the country,” Comrade Buhari explained.