SSANU, NASU issue 2 weeks ultimatum to FG over withheld salaries

The Joint Action Committee of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has given the Federal Government two weeks to pay the four months of withheld payments.

The JAC has also threatened to close universities and inter-university centres if the government fails to pay the delayed salaries before the expiration of the deadline.

In a letter to Education Minister Professor Tahir Mamman, the two non-teaching staff unions accused the administration of indifference and insincerity.

The letter, titled “Re- Four (4) months withheld salaries: Demand for immediate payment,” was signed by the NASU General Secretary, Prince Peters Adeyemi, and SSANU President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, the two unions said they could no longer guarantee industrial harmony in the universities.

The letter read: “The Honourable Minister would recall that the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU embarked on a one-week warning strike between March 18th, 2024 and March 24th 2024, to protest the denial of the arrears of four (4) months salaries withheld between May and August 24th, 2022.

“Following a series of letters and the assurances of the payment, we write to remind the Honourable Minister of our various letters, engagements, and assurances towards the payment of the four (4) months withheld salaries of SSANU and NASU.

“We wish to express our regrets and dismay that up to date, the withheld salaries have not been paid to our members.

“We view it as an act of insincerity and neglect on the part of government to the yearnings and aspirations of our members.”

Accusing the government of negating the spirit of collective bargaining which had built distrust, the unions said, “The deafening silence of government and failure to pay the withheld salaries is creating a high level of agitations and contentions among our members in the universities and inter-university centres such that we can no longer guarantee industrial peace and harmony on university campuses.

“We, therefore, demand the immediate payment of the four months withheld salaries to our members not later than two weeks from the date of this correspondence, failing which we will be left with no option but to shut down the universities and inter-university centres.”