…Say FG’s N23bn was for ASUU
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
NON teaching staff unions in the universities under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC, has directed all their branches nationwide to resume strike on Monday.
The three unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions, NASU and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT.
A letter to all branch Chairmen with the title, “Directives to immediately resume the suspended strike” was signed by Comrades Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, SSANU, Chris Ani, NASU and Sani Suleiman, NAAT.
The strike according to the unions was necess-itated as a result of the inability of the Federal Government to clarify the criteria for the disbursement of the N23 billion released by the government to the university unions which SSANU, NASU and NAAT claimed was meant for the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU while only “pittance” was allocated to the three non teaching staff unions.
According to the letter, “Please recall our last correspondence to you in which we informed you of the letter written to the Honourable Minister of Education rejecting the allocation made by the office of the Permanent Secretary and signed by the PS himself.
“In the said letter, the Federal Government was given seven (7) days to explain the criteria for the said allocation and do the needful. The deadline has elapsed without any response from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“In view of the above therefore, you are hereby directed to resume the suspended indefinite strike action as from 12 midnight, Sunday December 3, 2017. During this period, the strike shall be total and comprehensive.
“Further to this, all our branches are to convene a congress of Joint Action Committee by 8:00am on Monday December 4,2017, to commence the strike immediately.”
JAC had in a letter to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on November 14, 2017, with the title, “Re:Forwarding of Verified Submission from Universities on Earned Allowance”, observed that the N23 billion government released recently before they suspended strike was for ASUU.
It said it had sighted a document dated October 24,2017, released from the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and signed personally by the Permanent Secretary which was addressed to the Accountant General of the Federation where allocations to Federal Universities on Earned Allowances were contained.
The unions claimed that about N15.10 billion was allocated to ASUU, while about N7.929 billion was allocated to the non teaching staff unions comprising SSANU, NAAT and NASU.
“In view of the obviously skewed and disproportion-ate allocation, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NAAT, NASU and SSANU hereby sundry and roundly reject the said allocation and demands the criteria used to arrive at the allocations.