The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on Monday 30th September, 2013 began indefinite strike. Recall that we reported to you last week that the association has threatened to go on an indefinite strike. They have now commenced the strike on Monday. This is not a solidarity strike with ASUU, they have their own demands too.
This strike by SSANU may last for a long time if what the president said about ASUU Strike in the last Presidential Media Chat is anything to go by. It might interest you to know that Primary and Secondary School teachers under the umbrella of NUT have also threatened to join the strike next week.
Read the full report of the SSANU Strike:
This followed by a unanimous resolution adopted by members of the University of Ibadan chapter of the association at a congress held at the university Arts Theatre in Ibadan.
The Chairman of the association, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Wale Akinremi, said that the strike was total.
”This is as a result of the directive from our National Executive Council; so, the strike is a national strike.”
He said that the association should have gone on strike for a very long time ”because of the government’s provoking way of attending to issues”.
” We have been short-changed by the government in the area of subventions and we cannot take it again ,” Akinremi said.
According to him, the education sector is the bedrock of the nation’s development and should be treated with care.
He said that there were other important issues beside the subventions that needed to be addressed.
Akinremi listed the issues as training, funding and disparities in terms of payment.
He said: ”Non-teaching members of staff are wrongly placed in the education system, and these issues must be holistically addressed.”
According to Akinremi, SSANU will continue with the strike until it is call off by the national body.