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NASU threatens 14-day warning strike over shortfall in salaries

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) says it will begin a 14-day warning strike in Federal Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, over shortfall in payment of its members’ salaries.

Mr Peters Adeyemi, General Secretary of NASU, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Adeyemi said that the non-teaching staff union was protesting the short-payment of its members’ salaries since February 2020 through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

According to Adeyemi, the association has filed the Trade Dispute Act CAP 432, Trade Disputes (Essential Services) Act, CAP 433 of the of the law of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and Trade disputes (Amendment) Decree No 47 of 1992 otherwise called Form TD/3.

He said NASU has duly filed official complaints against the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation in its filled form TD/3, titled ‘notification of trade dispute, inter and intra – union disputes by employers/workers organisation, among others.

“We have raised issues in dispute to include non-payment of salaries to some staff, short payment salaries to some staff, failure to pay approved allowances as contained in the year 2009 agreement.

” Others are, non-deduction of check-off dues, and non-deduction of cooperative and other deductions of its members in the Federal Universities and inter-university centres, Federal Polytechnics and Federal Colleges of Education.

“We have also stated in the petition that various steps aimed at resolving the crisis have failed, ” he said.

He, however, noted the steps so far taken to resolve the issue include, meeting of NASU leadership with the Director, IPPIS on  Jan.21, 2020.

He said another meeting of NASU leadership with the same director was held on Feb. 4, 2020, which did not yield desired result.

Adeyemi also said that a letter had been issued to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, declaring a trade dispute over IPPIS officials refusal to effect appropriate corrections of all the anomalies.

He said that in spite of the assurances given by the minister, the issues has continued to linger.

Adeyemi added that NASU members have continued to observe the anomalies in their salaries paid in February, March and April.

He, therefore, said that NASU’s complaints as contained in its letter dated April  7, 2020, fell on deaf ears as none of it was addressed in the March salaries.

“It is unfortunate that IPPIS has only betrayed the leadership of NASU by deceiving us into accepting that the IPPIS platform will take on board all the peculiarities affecting our members and that there will be no problem if we key into the platform.

“Now we know better. IPPIS promises of doing a three-month experiment has become very disastrously and we are unable to allow this defective and deficient process to continue,” he said.

Adeyemi noted that NASU has issued a notice of strike, having fulfilled all the statutory requirements.

He said the association has also placed all its members in the Federal Universities and Intra-University Centres, Federal Polytechnics and Federal Colleges of Education on a 14-day warning strike.

He added that the strike take effective from the date of the resumption of work in all the mentioned institutions.

“Thereafter, an indefinite strike will follow if positive action is not taken to remedy the situation, ” he said.

Adeyemi said that the strike notice has been conveyed to its members during the weekend through a letter with reference number /307/209.

He said the 14-day warning strike would be used to protest the refusal of IPPIS to react positively to issues that affect the correct payment of its members’ salaries and other errors identified which have been placed before the IPPIS for correction.

Meanwhile, Mr Henshaw Ogubike, Director, Information, Press and Public Relations, OAGF, in a statement said that his attention has been drawn to series of reports on claims by tertiary institutions unions, over IPPIS deductions in their salaries, among others.

Ogubike said it was important to put the records straight for the interest of the general public and majority of staff of tertiary institutions that have displayed unparalleled understanding and cooperated with IPPIS until date.

“This office is not unaware that there are bound to be teething challenges arising from migration of tertiary institutions onto IPPIS platform.

” This requires the cooperation and understanding of all the tertiary institutions to enable us effect the necessary corrections as quickly as possible.

“On the completion of this process, the issue of payment of consequential arrears can be meaningful and realistic to ensure that there is no overpayment or underpayment arising from the payment,” he said.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/ Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Unilorin NASU distributes N8m to retired members

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) University of Ilorin Chapter, has distributed N8 million to 40 retired staff members as retirement welfare package from the union.

Mr Ibrahim Suberu, Chairman of the chapter, made this known on Monday, while coordinating the 2020 Retirees’ Welfare Package Programme instituted by the union.

He said the package included those that retired up till Dec. 12, 2019 and their records were forwarded to them.

Ibrahim appreciated efforts of the members, including the stakeholders for the achievements recoded so far.

He said the union had done a lot in making sure members enjoyed all benefits of life to the best of their ability.

He added that members of the union formed the largest workforce in the university and had been playing their roles in the development of the set goals by the forefathers of the university.

“For avoidance of doubt, we shall be paying 40 retirees who are our members and have served the university and the union meritoriously.

“Each of them will go home with N200,000, a little difference from before when we gave N150,000.

“In fact we are working toward ensuring our members will be going home, after their retirement with more than N500,000,” Suberu said.

The chairman prayed for the repose of the souls of late members of the union as he also remembered all other members still alive.

He also prayed that God would continue to save them from the coronavirus pandemic, ravaging the whole world.

Ibrahim commended the management of the university, the National NASU and the Kwara State branch for their support and assistance to the union and for prioritising the welfare of members.

In her remark, the immediate past NASU Chairperson of Unilorin chapter, Mrs Olabisi Adesina, commended the NASU executive for providing such benefits in this trying period of COVID-19 pandemic.

She urged stakeholders in the university to continue to support the union as better days were ahead.

She also sympathised with those who lost their lives among their members.

Adesina warned those in charge of the deceased families not to create problems for the children and the widows left behind.

She thanked the leadership of the University of Ilorin and the security unit for giving maximum support to the current chairman.

In his goodwill message, the Kwara Chapter Secretary of NASU, Mr Owoeye Olusina, who doubles as Vice President of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) applauded efforts of the past leadership of the Unilorin chapter of NASU.

Olusina who was represented by Mr Peters Adeyemi, General Secretary of NASU, commended the union and urged them to intensify efforts on welfare of members by organising yearly training on welfare package.

He also urged the union to set retirement agenda for members, create soft loans to finance businesses through a formidable committee.

He also suggested improved welfare scheme by trading and registering the union welfare scheme with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

Some of the beneficiaries included; Mr. Clement Iyoha; Mr. Rapheal Idowu and Mr. John Uboh, among others.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

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KWASU NASU felicitates new VC, Mustapha-Akanbi

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The Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Kwara State University, Malete, has felicitated Prof. Mohammed Mustapha-Akanbi on his appointment as the new Vice Chancellor of the University.

The Chairman of NASU at the institution, Alhaji Atere Baba-Shehu in his congratulatory message on Wednesday described the appointment as a welcome development.

“On behalf of the NASU branch Kwara State University, Malete , we felicitate our amiable Vice Chancellor, Prof M M Akanbi on his well deserved appointment”, he said.

Baba-Shehu prayed that his tenure would witness more development that would  further take the institution to greater height

He said that NASU would support and cooperate with the Vice Chancellor to realise of his vision and mission for the University.

He urged the VC to look into the welfare of members of staff by motivating them through Conferences and Seminars to make them more vasatile in their duty

Nigeria News Agency recalls that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Mustapha-Akanbi as the new vice chancellor of KWASU, Malete.

The new vice chancellor, who was former Director, School of Preliminary Studies, University of Ilorin, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), succeeded the current vice chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah.

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Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Felix Ajide
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SSANU, NASU commence indefinite strike in UI

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Two non-academic unions of the University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday commenced an indefinite industrial strike over failure of the institution’s management to meet their demands.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the unions – Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) – locked the UI gate, thus stalling academic activities in the campus.

Speaking with NAN, Mr Wale Akinremi, Chairman of SSANU in UI, said the industrial action would continue until the university management yielded to their demands.

He noted that the initial seven and 14-day ultimatum had lapsed and the institution’s management was yet to do their bidding.

He said the demands were full reinstatement of staff school teachers, stoppage of illegal pension deductions and continuation of their October increment, which was stopped in 2019.

According to him, other demands include the the appointment of SSANU members in the disciplinary committee of the trial of their members or when treating their case.

“As well as stopping arbitrary redeployment of senior members of staff when there is any issue as if they are messengers; even messengers are not to be redeployed anyhow.

“UI management is using autocratic power to deal with our members,” he said.

Also speaking, NASU chairman, Mr Malachy Etim, said the indefinite strike was necessary, having exhausted all communication avenues without success.

He said:, “We had a meeting with UI management on Tuesday, and we told them our plights.

“The present management lacks the system of communicating with us.

“You will write two to four letters and none will be acknowledged, not to talk of responding to the issues raised”.

Mr Tunji Oladejo, UI Director of Communication, said the university management had met with the unions on the need to allow harmonious and peaceful cooperation on the campus and assured that their demands would be looked into.NAN)

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Wale Ojetimi

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NASU expels FUTA branch Chairman over alleged “anti-union activities”

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) on Wednesday expelled, Mr Adebayo Aladerotohun, the Branch Chairman,


Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), over alleged “anti-union activities”.

The expulsion was unanimously adopted by the Union during an Emergency Meeting of Universities and Inter-University Centres Trade Group Council at the University of Ilorin.

Speaking during the meeting, Prince Peter Adeyemi, the Secretary-General of NASU explained that the Emergency Meeting was as a result of alleged anti-union activities that include calling for his resignation.

He stated that Aladerotohun with other members from 11 branches of the union are colluding to usurp him (the secretary) of his positions.

According to him, a total of 480 branches make up NASU, and that there is no way 11 branch can connive to call for his resignation.

Adeyemi explained that the meeting of the 11 branches took place in FUTA, which he described as unconstitutional, saying “what we are fighting is an insurgency”.

He added that some of the grievances raised by Aladerotohun include Rules of Conference, which he explained was postponed due to paucity of funds, Check-up dues and issues of Delegates to conferences.

The NASU Secretary-General also explained that he supported moves by the Federal Government to include them into the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information (IPPIS) and that this is another point that Aladerotohun and the 11 branch are contending with him over.

He explained that since the Federal Government has agreed to capture some of the peculiarities, they decide to embrace the IPPIS.

According to him, if the Federal Government wants to use IPPIS to fight corruption in the country, then NASU will support such efforts.

Speaking earlier at the meeting, Mr Buhari Suleiman, Deputy President and Chairman NASU said the at the Sept. 10, Council Conference held in Imo State, the body language of the Chariman of FUTA, NASU was unremorseful of allegations levelled against him.

He added that every organ of the Union has its powers and limitations, and that even when agitating for any perceived rights, due process must be followed.

Earlier in his welcoming address, Mr Ibrahim Zubair, Chairman Unilorin NASU, appealed to members to eschew anything that will jeorpardise the peace of the union.

He, therefore, reiterated that the University of Ilorin NASU was in support of the Union.

In his reaction, after staging a walk-out from the meeting, Mr Adebayo Aladerotohun, the Branch Chairman, Federal University of Technology, Akure, (FUTA) said his expulsion is “illegal unlawful and unknown in the constitution of the Union”.

According to him, members were bribed to expel him, and that is why he staged a walk-out.

“Somebody was alleged of infringement, then he has the right to refute such allegations.

“I did not interject the Secretary-General when he was speaking, he has put me on the defensive side. The whole process was manipulated,” he said.

He also said that the matter would be taken up legally.


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LAUTECH crisis: Why we locked varsity gates – NASU

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The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) branch, has given reasons for preventing movement into the institution’s premises in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the union had, on Wednesday morning, locked all the institution’s gates, thus preventing students, lecturers and other members of staff from gaining access.

Speaking in a telephone interview with in Iseyin, the institution’s NASU Chairman, Mr Joel Oyewande, said the action was provoked by non-payment of two months’ salary, promotion arrears and leave bonus, among others.

“We have several reasons to go on strike, but we just staged a protest today. Although we have allowed some people to enter the university premises, the gate will still be locked until they pay us our two months’ salary.

“The students have been allowed to write their examinations because we don’t want them to suffer unduly; but, this is just a protest for now; it may take a new dimension if they don’t pay us now.

“We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to help appeal to Osun State government to pay our two months’ salary. The arrangement is that Oyo will pay from January to June and Osun from July to December.

“Oyo state has always fulfilled its own obligations but Osun will always come up with excuses. This is not fair; we too have families and dependants to cater for,” he said.

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2009 agreement: SSANU, NASU says may embark on full strike

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) on Friday urged the Federal Government to honour their 2009 agreement to avoid total strike.

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) branch of the two unions made their stand known while addressing a joint press briefing at SSANU secretariat, main campus, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State.

“This agreement was signed in 2009. Ten years into this agreement, we are still dily-dallying, we are neither here nor there in the implementation of the content of this agreement.

“And the most worrisome aspect of it is that, recently, Federal Government released the sum of N25 billion to universities to defray part of outstanding earned allowances owed by government to the staff.”

The Chairman lamented that of this N25 billion released by the Federal Government to universities, only 20 per cent of it was given to the three non teaching unions of Nigerian universities.

“Only 20 per cent of it, which translate to N5 billion was given to the three non teaching staff unions in the universities, while ASUU was given 80 per cent which amount to N20 billion.”

According to him, this singular action of government is not only embarrassing, but it is insulting and unacceptable, adding that it was one of the reasons why the warning strike was on.

Speaking on position of staff schools, the Chairman recalled that in December 2016, there was a ruling at the National Industrial Court on the status of staff school as contained in the agreement the union signed with the Federal Government.

He said the court ruled in a favour of the union, saying that what was contained in the agreement between the union and the Federal Government should be upheld.

Abdur-Ra’uf-Bello said the ruling states that: the recurrent and the capital expenditure of University Staff School should be borned by the Federal Government, arguing that “up to today three and half years into that, the Federal Government has refused to implement that ruling.”

The Chairman said the court also ruled that most of the members that had their appointment terminated in their various universities should be reinstated.

He, however, said several frantic efforts made by the union leaders to convince the government to direct the respective Vice Chancellors to reinstate the laid-off staff had not yielded any fruitful result.

The Chairman recalled that some few weeks back the union members had embarked on a protest by drawing their roadmap on how to carry out what he described as a strategic and organised protest.

Abdur-Ra’uf-Bello said they have started with protest and now resolved to go on five days warning strike, assuring that the next action would be an indefinite, extensive and total strike.

He said sincere and frantic efforts should be put in place to ensure that the agreement the union reached with the Federal Government was consummated before the situation gets out of hand.

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Strike: SSANU, NASU block FUTO entrance to enforce compliance

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Striking members of the non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities on Tuesday blocked entrance to the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), to enforce compliance with the nationwide strike.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) were turned back at the gate.

Administrative activities at the Senate building and the general offices of the various departments were grounded to a halt as members complied with the strike.

At the Imo state University, however, the enforcement was limited as a result of the ongoing screening examinations for prospective students.

The Public Relations Officer of the University, Mr Ralph Njoku-Obi told NAN that members of the striking unions, who were involved in the screening examination, were cleared to work for the duration of the examinations.

NAN recalls that the 5-day warning strike was to drive home their demands for the payment of their earned allowances, the university staff schools’ matter, and the renegotiation of the 2019 Federal Government’s agreement with the unions.

The strike unions had vowed to continue indefinitely if their demands are not met at the end of the warning strike.

 

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Ondo varsity NASU, SSANU join nationwide strike

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The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) chapter of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa, has joined the ongoing nationwide strike.

A check by the Nigeria News Agency correspondent at the institution on Tuesday showed that the strike had disrupted commercial and academic activities on the campus.

Majority of the members of staff of the two unions were not at their duty posts while the few ones available were seen discussing the strike in groups.

Mr Peter Akindehinde, the NASU chairman of OSUSTECH, told NAN that the Joint Association Congress (JAC) of the institution took the decision after a congress later on Monday.

“We took the decision to join the strike after a JAC meeting held later on Monday; so we have joined the strike now.

“Our members are also in total compliance with the strike directive as you can see,” he said.

NAN reports that the one week nationwide strike embarked upon by the unions was to compel the federal government to implement the agreement reached with the unions in 2009.

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Unilorin NASU, SSANU join 5-day warning strike

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The University of Ilorin Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), on Monday, joined the five days warning strike.

Nigeria News Agency reports that following the directives of the National body to embark on a five-day warning strike, workers were prevented entry into the University by the unions in solidarity to the call for the warning strike.

Speaking in an interview with NAN on the issue, Mr Mohammed Akanbi, the Chairman of SSANU, University of Ilorin Chapter, alleged that the non-teaching staff unions were shortchanged in the sharing formula in Earned Allowance.

According to him, a sum of N82.4 billion was meant for the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) alone, while N4.2billion is left for non-teaching staffs.

“This was considered inappropriate and we protested to the government that this is not acceptable,’’ he said.

Akanbi said that Federal Government promised to provide platform for dialogue to solve issues on ground, but government is yet to initiate any dialogue with union leaders.

He observed that the warning strike is to ensure that government release the N30 billion meant for the non-teaching staffs of Nigerian Universities, as well as emolument reviews, spanning through five years among others.

“Until these agitations are met by the government, the unions will not relent in their efforts,’’ he said.

NAN recalls that the unions had embarked on a nationwide strike on Dec. 4, 2017, due to failure of government to address their grievances.

The strike was, however, suspended in March 2018.

 

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