By TERYIMA ANDREW-
Joint Action Congress, JAC of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) university of Jos chapter have embark on a three day sit at home strikes to press on the federal government to pay the outstanding 30 billion naira Earned allowance (EA).
Addressing Journalists at the university, Wednessday, chairman, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities NASUU, Bitrus Dagwer, university of Jos chapter, and his Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU chairperson, Esther Ezeama, said the decision was taken by the national body of both unions, following non implementation of agreement by federal government since 2009.
Both union leaders in an interview shortly after the peaceful protest said the strike action is necessary; “the meeting declared a 3 day protests at all our local and zonal branches starting from 15th July, 2019.”
The union officials explained that “JAC of SSANU and NASU is demanding for the release of 30billion for the payment of our outstanding EA covering 2012 to 2016 without further delay.”
The union members who staged a peaceful protest within the university permanent site premises, we call for immediate review of the 2009 agreement, as the agreement is due for 3 reviews as contained in 2009 agreement.
The union leaders explained further that “JAC also categorically advised members to stay away from NUPEMCO as PFA for now until the leadership of the Unions are adequately engaged and carried along as critical stakeholders by the proponents/founders (ASUU) of the company.”
Comrade Ezenma on her part said, the peaceful protest is mandatory to all branch members, and it will later hold a mega rally in Abuja; and urged her members to be at alert to that effect.
On his part, NASU union official, at the university of Jos, Bitrus Dagwer, appealed to the National Assembly to ensure full and immediate implementation and release of the 30 billion naira Earn Allowance (EA) due them, to address their pending issues.
NASU chairman said the union will not accept payment of it members in tranches.
SSANU chairperson had told reporters that most of their members who are been owed have died, others are currently sick, taking medication due to harsh economic conditions imposed on them by their employers.
Some of the inscription carried by the protesters reads: “Federal Government must renegotiate 2009 agreement.”
“NASU/SSANU demand for equity and justice.” “Government must stop paying lip service to our demands.” “Federal Government should address IPPIS peculiarities,” the placards reads.
Should the nationwide SSANU/NASU strike continues, it will disrupt the forthcoming first semester examination at the university of Jos.
The protesters later went into a Congress, and as members of university returned home to kick start the three day warning strike.