Academic activities at Nigerian universities halt as SSANU, NASU commence strike

Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union went on strike nationwide today in protest of the Federal Government’s alleged unfair treatment and inequality in salary payment.

Last Monday, unions threatened to shut down hostels and electricity supplies at universities across the country if the Federal Government refused to meet their demands by today, March 18, 2024.

The national president of SSANU, Muhammed Ibrahim, said his members, including Vice Chancellors, registrars, and bursars, have not been paid the 2022 arrears.

During the Channels Television’s Morning Show programme, Ibrahim declared that the strike had started.

His words: “Definitely, it (the strike) has already started.

“As of today (Monday), all our workers in registry, bursary, works and maintenance, security, and students’ affairs have withdrawn their services, and nothing moves within the administration of any public university in Nigeria, and that will be the case for the next seven days until and unless the needful is done.”

He added that no government representative has reached out to the non-academic unions, noting that though some have reached out unofficially, their assurances are not firm enough