No going back on strike. VCs, registrars, bursars not paid – SSANU

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) says the union will not stop its plan to embark on a nationwide strike over demands not yet met by the Federal Government.

SSANU threatened to shut down hostels and power supply in universities across the country if the Federal Government fails to meet its demands before next Monday, March 18, 2024.

“To surprise you, even Vice Chancellors are involved in this because VCs have not been paid, registrars have not been paid, bursars have not been paid.”SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim told Channels TV

He said there are some universities that are currently holding their semesters’ association but “it’s quite unfortunate that we have to take this painful decision. Some of us also have out children in these schools but when we strike, everything is grounded”.

“Shutting down the university is clearly beyond how it will affect the students because it’s everybody; there will be no electricity, there will be no water, there will be no security, there will be no hostels for students, and there will be no administration,” he said.

The SSANU President slammed the Federal Government for paying withheld salaries to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) while neglecting other unions like SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

Ibrahim alleged that the office of the Accountant General, through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) office, has been treating SSANU and NASU with disdain despite that the President granted waivers that all unions which embarked on the industrial action in 2022 be paid.

Ibrahim said crisis was due to what he called a misplacement of priority, saying that the university is a chain and “you don’t treat a group different and others indifferently.”

SSANU had embarked on an eight-month strike in 2022 to press home some of their demands including better welfare package.

The former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration subsequently invoked a ‘No Work, No Pay policy’ against the unions.

President Bola Tinubu last October approved the release of four of the eight months withheld salaries for ASUU members.

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