Another strike might be looming in Nigerian universities, as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has given government two weeks to meet its demands. The association wants the Federal Government to reject the report of the NEEDS assessment committee on the Nigerian public universities.
The Chairman of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) branch of the association, Mr Benedict Chukwuma, said this in Akure while addressing an emergency meeting of the association, held at the university campus. He said apart from rejection of the report, the association had also demanded payment of earned allowances as agreed to by government and SSANU.
Mr Chukwuma said the association rejected the report of the committee, because it was aimed at downsizing members of the association with a claim that the system was too heavy. He said the report of the committee was ill-conceived, as it was mainly targeted at SSANU members, following the recommendation that non-teaching staff should be transferred to federal and state ministries of education.
He, however, said despite the one-week warning strike embarked upon to protest the recommendation, President Goodluck Jonathan went ahead to sign the report for execution: “The government’s position is unrealistic and unacceptable. We, therefore, call on the government to do-away with the report submitted by the NEEDS assessment committee, because it was made in bad fate and, therefore, leaves much to be desired.”