By Dayo Johnson
Akure—LEADERSHIP of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of three Non-Teaching Staff Unions of Nigerian Universities from the South West, yesterday, staged a protest against Federal Government’s refusal to negotiate with them on the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the members of the unions.
The members of the JAC included the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff of Nigeria (NASU) and National Association of Academics Technologists (NAAT).
They matched through the major streets of Akure, the Ondo State to protest the insensitive of government to their plight.
The leaders were drawn from the universities in the southern part of the country displayed various placards.
Some of the placards read “No to divide and rule in the Nigerian University system” “Don’t turn Non-Teaching staff to second-class citizens, we are free born Nigerians” “No to the encroachment of Non-Teaching staff jobs in the universities, teachers should teach and research”.
They were led by the National Vice President of SSANU, Mr. Alfred Jimoh, National Public Relational Officer (PRO), Salaam Abdussobum, Zonal Secretary, Matthew Eruyen and Mrs. Grace Fadiora, members of the union matched through the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and to major streets chanting solidarity songs.
Speaking with newsmen after the protests, Jimoh said the strike action which began last week was a sequel to the non-implementation of the agreement reached between the unions and the federal government on September 29.
According to him “the major crux of the strike action which started on December 3, Jimoh said was Federal Government’s refusal to equitably distribute the N23billion earned allowance between the teaching and non-teaching staff and the non-performance of the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement with the three unions.”
He said it was painful that the government pushed them into the avoidable strike action despite the show of understanding and reluctance to embark upon the strike.