If the signals emanating from the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, are anything to go by, Research Institutes and the union will soon be at loggerheads over the stoppage of the payment of all forms of allowances.
Hints of the labour tension are contained in a resolution issued by the Research and Projects trade Group Council held in Lagos.
Endorsed by the union’s Deputy president, Comrade Wakili Tijani and Senior Deputy General Secretary, Emma Okonkwor, “the Council –in-session recalled the issuance of circular dated November 8, 2012, stopping payment of all forms of allowances to staff of the Research Institutes and stoppage of 65 years retirement age for staff of Federal Colleges of Agriculture by the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, Abuja.
“Union members are unhappy that the Ministry of Labour has failed to respond to its complaints on the issue.
Beyond bread and butter issues, the union expressed concern over the poor funding of Research Institutes and Federal Colleges of Agriculture across the country.”
It asked government to “devise a steady means of ensuring an increased flow of resources to this all important sector, so that the national aspirations for which the institutions were established, can be achieved.”