SSANU and FG bargaining committee meets on Friday

The joint action committee of the Association of Senior Executives of Nigerian Universities and the National Association of University Technologists is due to meet the Federal Government’s negotiating team led by Professor Nimi Briggs on Friday, The PUNCH has learned.

Federal Ministry of Education sources confirmed the plan to our correspondent on Sunday in Abuja.

The PUNCH reports that SSANU and NASU, like the University Academic Staff Union, are on strike over what the unions have described as the government’s failure to meet some of their demands.

The union strike began with a two-week warning strike which began on March 27, 2022, while the extension for another two weeks began on Sunday, April 10, 2022, and is still ongoing.

Some of the SSANU grievances include the inconsistent issue of integrated payroll and personnel information system, unpaid allowances, delay in renegotiating FGN, NASU, SSANU agreements and non-payment of minimum wage arrears.

Others include the neglect and underfunding of state universities, the non-payment of retirement benefits to outgoing union members, and the usurpation of leadership of non-teaching units in flagrant violation of terms of service and establishment procedures, among others.

Unions like the ASUU had also rejected the integrated payroll and personnel information system.

Confirming the planned meeting to our correspondent in Abuja, National Chairman, SSANU, Muhammed Ibrahim said, “I can confirm that we did receive an invitation to meet the Nimi Briggs Committee on Friday. It’s official and I can confirm it to you with authority.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Education spokesman Ben Goong in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday noted that the ministry will be speaking to reporters on Thursday in Abuja.

“The minister will break the silence on the issue of the strike on Thursday. He will speak at the State House. All questions will be answered,” he said.

ASUU meets FG

In addition, ASUU National President Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke confirmed that the government will meet with ASUU.

However, he did not mention the specific day of the week.

“Yes, we are meeting this week,” he said simply.

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