The National Executive Council, NEC, of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, has approved a seven day warning strike starting on March 18, over the federal government inability to pay members the four months withheld salaries.

The seven day warning strike is expected to commence immediately after the Joint Action Committee, JAC comprising SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, ratify the date this week.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu had directed that workers in the public universities that embarked on a prolonged strike in 2022 but were not paid salaries within the period of the strike by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari should be paid for four months.

While the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has paid the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the four months as directed by the Presidents, the three unions of non teaching staff are yet to be paid.

At its 47th NEC at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Ondo State, members of SSANU voted unanimously for a seven day strike which would be followed immediately with an indefinite strike if the government remains adamant.

Speaking after the decision was taken, the SSANU President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim said, “What played out at today’s meeting clearly is that members have unanimously resolved that they will not accept this injustice meted on us, because there is no explanation that can scientifically or naturally be given to anyone as to why one group of our staff is paid and then the other three groups are left.

“Therefore, we have given the next one week where members will go back to their branches and sensitize our members. This time around, it is going to be a total strike. For seven days, there will be no water, no electricity, no medicals, no office work. Everybody will leave his office work until when those seven days reach.

“However, we are hopeful, we are prayerful that government listens and then does the needful because we also know that we have a responsibility for the society, for the university and for our students. So nobody should blame us if this thing happens, because we have given enough notices, we have made enough sensitization and we have contacted enough stakeholders.

“So it’s going to be total, it is going to be total black out in our campuses all through Nigeria. In those seven days until when that money is paid.”

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