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FG, Varsity Workers To Hold Meeting Today

04 July

Reported by Ayooluwa Afolabi

The federal government has urgently convened a meeting with the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) to avert the impending strike.

According to LEADERSHIP, a reliable source hinted yesterday that the federal government scheduled a meeting with SSANU and NASU today at 1 pm with the minister of education in Abuja.

He stated that the meeting aimed to address the contentious issue of four months’ withheld salaries and prevent further disruptions in Nigerian universities.

He added that a separate meeting with the minister of state for labour and employment is planned for today at 3pm.

The meetings followed the expiration of a two-week ultimatum issued by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of SSANU and NASU.

The ultimatum demanded payment of their four months’ withheld salaries, and both unions said they would shut down universities if their demands were not met by today.

Recall that in 2022, the Federal Government implemented a ‘No work, no pay’ policy during a prolonged strike by university-based unions.

However, last year, President Bola Tinubu granted amnesty to university workers and directed payment of the withheld salaries for four months.

While the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has received its withheld salaries due to President Tinubu’s directive, SSANU, NASU, and other unions are still awaiting payment.
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