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ASUU, SSANU, NASU Strike Ultimatum: Nans Calls for FG, Unions’ Dialogue

Against the backdrop of the strike ultimatum issued by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff of Union (NASU), the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for immediate dialogue between the Federal Government and ASUU, SSANU and NASU to avert any impending strike.

This is as NANS insisted that it is imperative that the concerns of the unions are addressed promptly to prevent any disruption in academic activities, even as it added that such potential strike poses a significant threat to the academic calendar, the education sector, and the future of millions of Nigerian students.

The Joint Action Congress of SSANU and NASU in a letter to the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, on June 19 titled; Re: Four Months Withheld Salaries: Demand for Immediate Payment, gave the Federal Government two weeks to pay its members, failing which the union threatened that it would be left with no option than to shut down the universities and interuniversity centres.

But NANS in a release issued on June 21, by its President, Pedro Obi, urged he Federal Government to honour previous agreements made with the unions, adding that the persistent failure to implement agreed terms had been a major cause of repeated strike action. On adequate funding for education, NANS said the government must prioritise adequate funding for the education sector, stating this includes improved infrastructure, timely payment of salaries and ensuring conducive working conditions for university staff.

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