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SSANU Plans Indefinite Strike As FG Sacks 2000 Workers

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The Senior Staff Association of the Nigerian Universities has
called for an indefinite strike on December 24, 2015 to protest
a recent decision of the Federal Government to sack 2,000
university workers across the country by January, 2016.
The National President of SSANU, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, said
during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday that the National
Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, and the National
Universities Commission had written letters of termination to
2,000 members of staff of the universities.
Ugwoke said that the senior staff union of the universities had
already dispatched letters to the Ministry of Education, the
NUC and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages
Commission to withdraw the letters of termination issued to
varsity workers of the University of Ilorin, Federal University of
Technology, Akure, Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and
others.
He said that SSANU also urged the Education Ministry and the
other agencies to ensure immediate withdrawal of similar
letters to vice chancellors to terminate the appointment of
personnel of university staff primary schools.
He said the letter dated December 17, 2015 also copied
President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Senate, Bukola
Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr.
Yakubu Dogara, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr.
Chris Ngige and others.
Ugwoke added that the 2,000 workers affected in the planned
retrenchment exercise were drawn from 31 universities and
were employed by the councils of the various institutions to
make the requisite contribution to educational development in
the institutions and the society over the years.
The SSANU leader noted that the directive to sack the workers
who are expected to leave service in January 2016 was
contained in a circular said to have been written and signed by
a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Education, Mr. E.O Fayemi,
on behalf of the minister.
He stated further that the circular dated April 21, 2015, was
attached with a memorandum and report from the National
Salaries, Income and Wages Commission dated March 2014
and February 2014 respectively.
According to him, the commission responded to the circular by
directing the removal of personnel of staff schools and other
institutions affiliated to the universities from the payroll.
He said, “The implementation of this directive would be a gross
violation and breach of the SSANU/FGN 2009 Agreement,
which explicitly stated that the University shall bear full capital
and recurrent cost of University Staff primary schools.
“It is further shocking to note that till date, the Federal Ministry
of Defence still funds the capital and recurrent costs of over
100 Army Children Schools, Command Children Schools, Navy
Primary Schools and Air Force Schools; while the Ministry of
Police Affairs still funds its Police Children Schools, all from
the Federal Treasury.
“We are surprised that an agency of government, the National
Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, could continue
with this callous, wicked, insensitive and ill-intentioned
agenda, despite our calls, letters, press releases and
publications on the issue.
“With the advent of the administration of President
Muhammadu Buhari, we had written series of public and
confidential letters on same with no positive response.”
He said that 90 per cent of the pupils of the university staff
schools were children of the staff of the institutions stressing
that the schools were established alongside other academic
components of the universities in some cases.
The unionist said SSANU had to give the December 24, 2015
deadline to the Federal Government as part of the efforts to
prevent the over 2000 workers of the universities from being
sacked.
Several efforts by Saturday PUNCH to get the response of
ASUU National President, Dr. Nasir Fagge, was resisted
because he said, “I am out of the country and you don’t expect
me to answer you from abroad.”
Also when contacted, the Special Assistant (Media) to the
Minister of State for Education, Anthony Akuneme, directed our
correspondent to the office of the Education Minister, Adamu
Adamu.
But several calls and SMS to the Assistant Director of Press in
the Education Ministry, Abdul Onu, were not replied.

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