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Why we didn’t attend meeting with FG – SSANU

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By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – THE Senior Academic Staff Union of Universities, SSANU, explained Monday that it didn’t attend a purported meeting with the representatives of the federal government,led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, over its last week’s threat to embark on strike because it was not duly informed.

(l-r) Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; Minister for Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Labour, Prof. Stephen Ochoni; President Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Kayode Obembe and the President Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, Onyebueze John during the meeting over the indefinite strike action of the Resident Doctors at the Conferece Hall, Ministry of Labour, Federal Secretariat, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

The organization, which spoke through its National Public Relations Officer, Abdussobur Salaam, insisted that, contrary to reports in some quarters that it boycotted meeting with the government, it was not aware of any meeting.

While saying it was ready to contribute to measures aimed at resolving its grievances that could avert the looming strike by members, SSANU said it couldn’t have attended any meeting with the government when in the first place, it didn’t get invited or notified of any meeting.

The image maker of the non academic union said:” No letter has been written to us to attend any meeting. We don’t have an invitation to any meeting with the government. ”

The Monday’s meeting, which was billed to commence by 3: pm, according to activity chart seen in the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, was supposed to be attended by representatives of the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU; Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU; and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT.

Recall that the unions had announced last week that it would commence full nationwide strike effective yesterday, Monday, over demands for improved funding of universities and welfare of workers.

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