– An industrial action has been announced by the Joint Action Committee of Nigerian university workers

– The Joint Action Committee noted that the strike will commence with school resumption

– Comrade Samson Ugwoke speaking on behalf of JAC decried the challenges of short payments of salaries

A report by Daily Trust indicates that the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have declared a strike.

Comrade Samson Ugwoke, the national president of SSANU speaking on behalf of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions disclosed this at the end of its meeting while addressing newsmen in Abuja.

The strike will commence effective from the date of school resumption after the coronavirus lockdown has been lifted.

Ugwoke noted that the leadership of both unions were under tremendous pressure by its principals.

He said: “As a responsible union, we have avoided these crisis but the irresponsibility of government and its officials have led us to a point where it had become inevitable.

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”If by the time schools are asked to reopen and the needful is not done, it means hope is lost and the earlier avoidable industrial conflict becomes inevitable.”

Ugwoke while lamenting over the challenges of short payments of salaries in almost all the federal institutions, added that it had become a case of ‘from frying own to fire following the enrollment of its members into the IPPIS platform.

He berated the system noting that the audience was that the short payments and mutilated salaries would cease upon enrollment in the scheme.

He said assurances were given that “our Earned Allowances that had not been properly captured previously and across all universities would be properly integrated upon enrolment into IPPIS.”

The national president of SSANU further said that because of the inconsistencies and irregularities currently being witnessed in the payment of salaries and emolument of members enrollment for the scheme has turned out to be a complete disaster.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government asked ASUU to return to the negotiation table or face serious consequences if it refuses to comply.

Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, issued the warning on Sunday, May 31, in a statement signed by his media aide, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, in Enugu.

He pointed out that the federal government could activate relevant labour laws to deal with the situation.

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