Varsities in fresh crisis as non-teaching staff resume nationwide strike today

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The non-teaching staff of the Nigerian universities on Sunday vowed to commence an indefinite strike action in public universities today.

The affected staff who belong to three unions: NASU, SSANU, and NAAT, said they had no option to shut down the Nigerian universities since the Federal Government had reneged on its promise to comply with the agreement it entered into with it in September this year.

In a statement issued on Sunday, they said the strike across all public universities will commence today, Monday.

The non-teaching staff went on a “comprehensive and indefinite strike” action on September 11 and suspended the strike on September 21 after an agreement with the federal government.

“In one month time, we shall be reviewing the level of compliance with the agreement and shall not hesitate to resume the strike action if government reneges on the agreements reached or delays in any aspects,”

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Sam Ugwoke, the National Chairman of the Joint Action Committee, JAC of NASU, SSANU and NAAT said in a press statement on September 21 after the strike was suspended.

It would be recalled that the government and the staff had earlier reached an agreement and signed  a memorandum of understanding before the suspension of the strike.

The federal government delegation was led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

Mr. Ngige said then that both parties produced “collective agreement of action” after the meeting in September.

The workers, however, said the government has failed to fulfil any of the agreements reached.

‎”It is therefore sad to report that over two (2) months after the MoU was signed, the situation that warranted the strike in September remains the same. Nothing has changed,” they said in their statement on Sunday.