No Going Back On Strike

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University (SSANU) says it would not return to work until its two years monetisation arrears is paid.

Also, the union has carpeted the Federal Government for not implementing an earlier agreement it had with the body last February.

Speaking to The Tide in a telephone chat yesterday, National Public Relation’s Officer of SSANU, Comrade Citizen Ini Ekpo also accused the federal government of being responsible for the decay in the university system.

According to Comrade Ini Ekpo, “the government granted us 20 percent salary increase and 40 percent salary increase for ASUU, that is unacceptable to us”.

He stated that the union has been on the negotiating table with the federal authorities since 2006 and that an agreement was endorsed on 18th February this year, only to be broken again by the government.

Even when government had agreed to pay the money, Ini Epko said, “it has been two weeks now and nobody has received a kobo. Expect in ABU where we heard some money has been paid”.

Among other issues being contended by the senior staff union are funding and upgrading of facilities in the country’s tertiary institutions.

The body had in a recent statement accused the federal government of raising tuition fees above the reach of the common man.

If such fees are introduced, according to SSANU, then access to education would become a mirage in the country.

Ini Epko added, “What we are witnessing today in the universities are because a lot of these highly placed government officials have their children either in private universities or outside the country.

The SSANU spokesman continued that, “this current strike is indefinite until all agreements negotiated three years ago are implemented”.

Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Dum Dekor (2nd left) chatting with Majority Whip Sokoto State House  of Assembly, Hon. Bello Yahaya Wurno (right) at the 40th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) opening ceremony in Port Harcourt, Rivers State last Monday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga
Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Dum Dekor (2nd left) chatting with Majority Whip Sokoto State House of Assembly, Hon. Bello Yahaya Wurno (right) at the 40th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) opening ceremony in Port Harcourt, Rivers State last Monday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga