SSANU vows to join proposed NLC strike

1st October 2023

Mohammed Ibrahim

SSANU National President, Mohammed Ibrahim

By Grace Edema

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has said it will join the proposed strike of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

Recently, the NLC and Trade Union Congress declared an indefinite strike action from October 3, 2023, to protest the insensitivity of the government in providing palliatives to cushion the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy.

SSANU, in a communique issued at the end of the 45th regular National Executive Council, held at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, and made available to The PUNCH on Sunday, read, “NEC in session after due deliberations agreed that SSANU as an affiliate of the NLC, will join the strike to protest the insensitivity of government in providing palliatives to cushion the effects of removal of fuel subsidy.

“NEC, therefore, mandated all branches to mobilise her members to join the strike as declared as the demands before government also includes the release of withheld salaries of university workers.”

The communique, signed by the SSANU national president, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, complained that it felt seriously agitated by the report of the ad hoc Committee of Pro-Chancellors of state-owned universities, which among other things, recommended that state universities should not participate in nationwide industrial actions.

It, however, stressed that “NEC wishes to reiterate that SSANU at all levels ranging from national to branches is one indivisible entity. NEC therefore calls on visitors to the state universities (who are the state governors) and pro-chancellors of all state universities to urgently jettison that clause and in their best interest, expunge it because SSANU will stop at nothing to resist any attempt to dismember the union since this runs contrary to the Freedom of Association as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Labour Laws.”