The Educational sector of Nigeria suffered another setback on Wednesday after the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Educational Institutions (NASU) announced an extension of their ongoing strike by another two months.
The unions had commenced a strike action against the Federal Government of Nigeria in March 2022. According to a statement by the Joint Action Committee of the two unions announcing the extension of the strike in April, the government had remained indifferent to the demands.
The National President, SSANU, Comrade Mohammed H. Ibrahim and General Secretary, NASU, Prince Peter A. Adeyemi jointly signed the statement announcing the extension of their strike action.
However, after several months of meetings between the government and the unions, the union said the government still have a long way to go to effectively resolve the issues on the ground.
They consequently extended their ongoing strike action by another two months effective from Friday, June 24, 2022.
“In view of the fact that government is still a long way from effectively resolving the issues in contention, it is only expedient that we allow the process to be fully concluded before directing the end of the strike.
“Consequently, you are hereby informed that the strike has been extended by two months, within which we are hoping that all the contentious issues would have been effectively laid to rest. The two-month extension is with effect from Friday, June 24, 2022,” the statement signed by SSANU President and NASU Secretary reads in part.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which looks after Academic activities in Nigerian universities have insisted on the usage of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) it created, claiming that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was short changing the teachers.
As it stands, all unions in Nigerian universities including ASUU, SSANU and NASU are all on strike as Nigerian students are unable to further their education since February 2022.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Wednesday, gave assurance that the face-off between the government and ASUU will soon be resolved.