By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Nnamdi Azikiwe branch, on Wednesday 19th December, 2018, staged a warning protest against the Federal Government of Nigeria, demanding that the Federal Government and SSANU agreement of 2009 should be met.
The members who walked round the school premises were seen in their large numbers chanting solidarity songs and holding placards with inscriptions such as: “NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER, “STOP THE MARGINALIZATION, WE DEMAND SOCIAL JUSTICE, and “IMPUNITY MUST STOP”.
Speaking to newsmen, Comrade Njideka Nwangwu, Chairperson SSANU Uni-Zik branch, said, This is a warning protest and what is coming next is even more if the Federal Government does not do the needful. This protest started since Monday and this is the third day”.
The Chairperson further stated that, In 2009, FG and the union signed an agreement and till date the implementation of the agreement has not been met”.
In March this year, the Federal Government released Eight Billion Naira to non teaching staff of Nigeria Universities, till now nothing has been done.”
“September last year, a template was released for the payments. The templates contained every detail to be paid. The Federal Government sent these templates to all universities and since then they said they have been waiting for modalities for disbursement. What the Federal Government is supposed to do is to collect the details of every staff from the bursary unit, but since then, nothing has happened.”
“This protest also serves as a warning to some Nigeria Universities that have refused to honour the National Industrial Court Judgment. This judgment was given since December 2016.”
“In our own local branch, the Federal Government released one hundred and seventy two million naira to non teaching staff and the payment of the money was killed. The hazard allowance has not been paid. Some of us received seven thousand naira while some received three thousand naira. This very allowance is supposed to be fifteen thousand naira for junior staff, while thirty thousand naira for senior staff. We don’t know the meaning of the seven thousand and three thousand naira that was paid to us.