The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and associated institutions (NASU) had directed her branches in all Nigerian Universities to commence a three days protest beginning from Tuesday, January 12- 14 2021 against the decision of the Federal Government to give ASUU 75 percent of the N40b earned allowance while others share the balance of 25 percent.
In a circular dated January 8th, 2021 to the branches signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Comrade Peters Adeyemi and National President of SSANU Comrade Mohammed Haruna, the group also directed the branches of JAC in all universities to hold a sensitisation meeting by Monday 11th, 2021 to brief members on the planned activities for Tuesday.
The circular further urged JAC members to be at apart as the protest mark the beginning of industrial action to be undertaken by JAC in all the universities in Nigeria.
The circular reads “the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NASU and SSANU met on Friday, 8th January’, 2021 at Bolton White Hotel Abuja to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached and signed with the Federal Government on Tuesday, 20th October 2020 at the Minister’s Conference Room, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the issues for which the Memorandum of Understanding was entered are inconsistencies in the IPPIS payment, Non-Payment of Earned Allowances (EA), Non-Payment of Arrears of Minimum Wage and Delay in the renegotiation of FGN/NASU and SSANU 2009 Agreements.
Others are ” Non-Payment of retirement benefits of outgone members, Teaching staff usurping Headships of non-teaching units in clear violation of Conditions of Service and Establishment procedures, Neglect and Poor Funding of State Universities, Non-constitution of Visitation Panels for Universities.
“The JAC observed with disappointment that the Federal Government has completely failed to address any of the issues contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
“In view of this development, JAC, therefore, directs that a general meeting of JAC in all branches of Universities and Inter-University Centres be mandatorily held on Monday, 11th January 2021 to sensitize members on the issues as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
“That a 3 Day Protest should hold from Tuesday, 12th Thursday, 14th January 2021 at each Branch from 8 am -4 pm each day, Branch Leaders are to ensure that the press is fully mobilized and carried along in the protests.
“State, Zonal and National Officers of JAC shall monitor the 3 Day Protest to ensure strict compliance by branches as every Branch should ensure that all members fully participate in the protests while all Covid 19 protocols are to be complied with.
“As the Branch Protests mark the beginning of a series of Industrial Actions to be undertaken by JAC, you are to await further directives immediately after the 3-day Protest”.