The Non-academic staff unions in Nigerian Universities have embarked on a strike a 5 day warning strike starting today Monday, 16th January, 2017. The unions involved in the strike are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT).
The Joint Action Commitee (JAC) of the unions in a statement stated that the warning strike became necessary so as to draw the government’s attention to the 2009 FGN/non-teaching staff unions agreements it freely entered into with the Unions and is yet to implement. Poor funding of universities, shortfall in payment of staff salaries, increasing corruption in the University system were also reaaons why the unions embarked on their strike as stated in a letter signed by the president’s of each union involved and sent to the Minister for Education and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Universities Commission and the President of Nigeria Labour Congress to inform them of the warning strike.
During our inspection, UniuyoGist noticed that some part of the school compound was filthy, some laboratories were locked and some offices were also locked. This made it impossible for some students to submit some documents. Some students complained of not having venues for their classes as the laboratories were locked and had to scout for venues.