THREE non-teaching staff unions in Nigerian universities under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee, JAC, on Friday directed all their branches across the country to resume strike on Monday.
The JAC comprises the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions, NASU and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT.
The call for an industrial action is the crux of a letter to the all branch chairmen entitled; “Directives to immediately resume the suspended strike” and signed by Comrades Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, SSANU, Chris Ani, NASU and Sani Suleiman, NAAT.
The action, according to the unions, was necessitated by the inability of the Federal Government to clarify the criteria for the disbursement of the N23 billion released by the government to the university unions.
SSANU, NASU and NAAT however claimed that the sum was meant for the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU while only “pittance” was allocated to the three non teaching staff unions.
In the letter to its branches, JAC said, “Please recall our last correspondence to you in which we informed you of the letter written to the Honourable Minister of Education rejecting the allocation made by the office of the Permanent Secretary and signed by the PS himself.
“In the said letter, the Federal Government was given seven (7) days to explain the criteria for the said allocation and do the needful. The deadline has elapsed without any response from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“In view of the above therefore, you are hereby directed to resume the suspended indefinite strike action as from 12 midnight, Sunday 3rd December, 2017. During this period, the strike shall be total and comprehensive.”