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Nsukka (Enugu State ) Dec 17, 2018(NNN) The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Chapter, has joined a three- day warning strike declared by its national body.

Mr Paul Eruah, UNN Chairman of the association, made the disclosure in Nsukka on Monday while briefing newsmen after an emergency congress of the association.

Eruah said that the emergency congress was to brief members and carry out the directive of the national executive to embark on the warning strike from Dec.17 to Dec. 20.

“The warning strike is to remind Federal Government to pay N8b to offset earned allowances owed to non-academic staff of public universities.

“Government should integrate university staff primary school workers into university payroll, in compliance with industrial court judgment of Dec 5, 2016.

“Following the 35th regular National Executive Council meeting held at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, NEC authorized all the branch chapters to embark on three days strike and peaceful protest.

“Our peaceful protest is to tell the federal government that SSANU is dissatisfied for not obeying the memorandum we reached with it,” he said.

NNN reports that SSANU members numbering about 2,000 marched peacefully within the campus after the emergency congress.

Some of the placards were bearing different inscriptions such as; `President Buhari prove to Nigerians that you are still in charge’, `Pay us our money’ `Give us our N8billion now’.

Others read `Disburse our allowance now’, `Our members are hungry’ and `SSANU hates strike, FG don’t push us to it’. (NNN)

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IPPIS: SSANU expresses displeasure over irregularities in Feb. salaries payment

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has expressed strong displeasure over the irregularities witnessed in the payment of February salaries for its members using the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Association expressed its view in a statement signed by Mr Salaam Olayiwola, SSANU National Public Relations Officer, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

According to Olayiwola, IPPIS is government payment platform, which we keyed into, with the understanding that the platform would greatly improve personnel accountability in the system thereby reducing the spate of corruption in our universities.

“Kindly recall that we keyed into the IPPIS with an understanding that all the peculiarities in the University system, particularly pertaining to our members would be adequately addressed.

“Also, especially the issues of allowances, appointments, increments and third party deductions among others.

“Various concerns were raised and our fears were allayed through various correspondences, meetings and practical sessions where the application was displayed and all issues brought forward were addressed, ” he said.

He explained that it was only after exhausting all queries and getting satisfactory answers that the union and its Joint Action Committee counterpart Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, decided to key into the platform in the overall interest of the system and its members.

Olayiwola added that it was shocking to them that their first real taste of the IPPIS application was totally different from what was presented. All the concerns raised by their unions were not implemented and disregarded.

He said apart from the breach of trust, which had now manifested, the members across the universities were groaning from various anomalies witnessed in their salaries thereby forcing them into great hardships “which they never bargained for when they keyed into the IPPIS.

“As a leadership, this is totally unacceptable!

“The recent development has once again shown, despite our attempts to test otherwise, that Government can never be trusted.

“As such, based on what we have been subjected to with the February salary, we do not blame our lecturer counterparts, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for resisting the IPPIS from the beginning.

“It is on the strength of the above that we demand that the office of the Accountant General of the Federation reverts us to the GIFMIS platform, which was working seamlessly before IPPIS was introduced.

“It is getting clearer that our trust in government and its agencies on the IPPIS issue was clearly misplaced, ” he said.

He, however, added that an understanding had been reached with ASUU to integrate the ASUU proposed University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) into the IPPIS.

“While we place on record, the right of ASUU to reach an understanding with the government on this hybrid payment platform, we note that this can only be implemented for ASUU members as at today and if it is to be implemented across board.

“It must be with the consent of the other university based unions;  having keyed into the IPPIS project and gotten an unsavory first taste, we shall not accept any other payment platform, which does not carry us along.

“If UTAS is a general University payment platform, we must be guaranteed that its features accommodate the peculiar needs and challenges of the non-teaching staff in the system.

“If this is not guaranteed, the hybrid application shall be rejected in totality by our members.

“We demand that Government immediately looks into the anomalies witnessed in the February 2020 salary payments through the IPPIS platform and ensure rectification of these anomalies because the situation as at today cannot guarantee industrial peace in the system,” he said.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Felix Ajide
(NAN)

 

 

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Always resolve issues through dialogue, SSANU President urges union leaders

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Mr Samson Igbokwe,

National President,

Senior Staff Union of Universities (SSANU), has

urged

union leaders to always engage in dialogue on issues with the management to ensure peace and harmony on campuses.

 

Igbokwe said this at the inauguration of the new secretariat of

Senior Staff Union of Universities-Lagos State University (SSANU-LASU)

on Wednesday in Lagos.

 

 

He said that union leaders should use intellectual minds to resolve issues, adding that war or fist were not the way to solve problems.

 

“SSANU-LASU occupy vantage position in the national executive council because this chapter has produced vibrant officers over the years.

 

“Due to the cooperation and unity among members, SSANU-LASU completed this secretariat project without outsider’s assistance,”

Igbokwe 

said.

 

 

He urged every member to continue to cooperate and work with the university management to sustain the peace currently enjoyed in LASU under the leadership of Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun.

In his opening remarks, Mr Saheed Oseni,

Chairman, SSANU-LASU, called on the university management to continue to support the union.

According to him, LASU staff are very accommodating, reasonable and civil but never to be taken for granted.

“LASU staff have not been the problem. The event of the last four years has proved that we are good people which means it has always been problem of former leadership.

 

 

“Our unsavoury past was because of leadership but we can see what the current administration is doing,” he said. 

 

 

Prof. Olumuyiwa Noah, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (

Academic), urged every union member to give

a modicum of respect when discussing the management in public or in private.

 

 

Noah said that the management would not meddle in the affairs of SSANU because it believed they were reasonable  and professional in handling their affairs.

“I pray that you will not allow anyone to come and destroy the work you are doing and we hope that other unions will also take the challenge,” he said.

Mrs Funmi Sessi,Lagos Chairman,Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that

Lagos State government commenced payment of minimum wage to workers in its parastatals in December.

Sessi said that most mainstream state agencies had not been paid because of lots of issues in the accounting process which had just been resolved.

“Minimum wage will be paid, please let us be patient with the Lagos State government.

 

“I commend the SSANU-LASU executives that came after us for continuing and finishing this project  which serves as a good image to all our members,” she said.

 

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
(NAN)

 

 

 

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Minimum Wage Implementation: SSANU threatens industrial action over delay

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NNN: The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has threatened an industrial action over delay in the payment of their new minimum wage by the Federal Government.

SSANU stated this in a statement signed by Mr Salaam Abdussobur, its National Public Relations Officer, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

It said that it was unfortunate that while workers in other sectors have started enjoying the new wage, university workers appeared to have been forgotten.

The association said the delay was unfair even after the federal government and the organised labour had concluded negotiations on the new minimum wage and the consequential adjustment, the university workers were yet to be paid the new wage.

According to the statement, the association expresses its dismay over the delay in the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage for its members and workers in the university system.

“We note that the negotiations over the National Minimum Wage was quite protracted and spanning over a period of two years.

“With the conclusion of the negotiations, it was assumed that the implementation would be seamless and require no further agitations to ensure it is equalised across all the sectors of employees.

“Unfortunately, however, months after the agreements were concluded and dusted, it seems the workers in the university system have been forgotten in the scheme of things.

“While workers in other sectors have started enjoying the increment in the salaries, the university system has not.

“Sadly, prices of goods and services immediately shot up as soon as the minimum wage was implemented in those sectors, and with the university sector still operating on the old minimum wage, thereby causing financial hardships and difficulties for our members,” the statement added.

The association said that as members were patiently waiting to be paid the new wage, there has not been any explanation from the government why the payment was delayed.

“As a consequence, our members are becoming increasingly restive and agitated over the obvious neglect of the university sector in the implementation of the national minimum wage act.

“It is sad and unfortunate that there has been no reason adduced for this delay,” it said.

The association therefore declared that: “We hereby draw the attention of the Federal Government and all relevant stakeholders to this delay and demand the implementation of the new wage regime and payment of its arrears without further delay.

“We have been patient enough and have shown great understanding with government on many of its policies.

”This understanding and patience should however not be at the expense or to the detriment of our welfare and incomes.

“With the situation of things, it is becoming clearer to us that except an industrial action is undertaken, the new national minimum wage may never be implemented in the university system.

“We hereby sound a note of warning to ensure the immediate payment of the minimum wage in order to guarantee industrial peace in the university system.”

Edited By: Janefrances Oraka/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

Source: https://nnn.com.ng/minimum-wage-implementation-ssanu-threatens-industrial-action-over-delay/

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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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SSANU wants women to contest against men for positions

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on Monday urged women to strive to contest with the male counterparts for different positions in the political and academic offices.

Mr Ilesanmi Jimoh, the National Vice President of SSANU, gave the advice at the 2019 Annual Women Conference in Badagry.

Theme of the 2019 conference was entitled: “Empowering Women for Leadership”.

Jimoh said: “I always challenge women to endeavour to move from relevance by tokenism to relevance by merit.

“Women should earn their positions through contest, either with men or their women folks; they should not be looking out for reserved positions to contest for.

“They should not be thinking that, unless a position is exclusively reserved for women, they cannot contest and win.

“Women should be ready to slug it out with men at any time.’’

Vice president of the association said that contesting an election was appropriate, because of the level of awareness among women members of SSANU, labour movement and political class.

He said that gender inclusiveness was pertinent in the union’s decision making if it must actualise its God given potential which was domiciled in both male and female.

“If women are shut out in the politics of the association, they will not be able to use their innate talents and abilities to help in its development and political systems,” Jimoh said.

He urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State to pay special attention to the Lagos/Badagry Expressway, saying it has become death trap to residents plying the road daily.

“Badagry is strategic and a historical town in Nigeria. It has a border that shows a gateway to the country,” he said.

Commenting, Mrs Patience Igbafe, State Women Leader of SSANU, said that women had been facing different challenges in the association and their places of work.

According to her, these challenges range from intimidation to assault.

The Nigeria News Agency reports Jimoh was among some SSANU members that received awards for their outstanding performances in their different fields.

Edited & Vetted By: Chinyere Bassey/Olagoke Olatoye
(NAN)

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LASU authorities don’t cage any union, SSANU replies dismissed ASUU officers

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The Senior Staff Association of Non-academic Staff Union (SSANU) in Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, says no union is caged by the institution’s authorities.

Mr Saheed Oseni, Chairman, SSANU-LASU, made the clarification on Saturday in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

Oseni was reacting to an allegation made by the dismissed officers of ASUU-LASU that the university authorities had caged all unions from saying the truth about the happenings in the institution.

reports that the LASU Governing Council had at its 122nd meeting on Sept. 12, promoted 31 academic Staff, 346 non-academic staff and also dismissed eight academic staff members, including the ASUU-LASU Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer.

The council also approved the dismissal of three non-academic staff on issues bordering on absence from duty, certificate falsification, theft of confidential documents, sale of marks, among others.

The SSANU chairman said that the allegation by the ASUU-LASU secretary that ASUU was the only union challenging the management and still vibrant in the campus was untrue.

“The ASUU officers claim that they were being witch-hunt by the management, because they are the only union still vibrant, while others have been caged was untrue and misleading,” he said.

According to him, the non-academic staff union do not deserve such derogatory statement, having done so much to ensure progress and stability in the university system.

“No union was caged in LASU; we were just being guided by the reality and facts on ground.

“The current management was performing and responsive; so, why do we have to fight them, when, as a union, we are to protect the interest of our members and ensure that their welfare is paramount,” he said.

Oseni said the current management was doing its best in the area of staff welfare, adding that the achievements of the present administration was highly unprecedented compared to past administrations.

He said, as a union leader, they could not be fighting with a management that had ensure promotion of its staff, prompt payment of salary, sponsored conferences and training, infrastructure development and even academic development.

“That we are not coming out to agitate or challenge the management does not mean that we have been caged; we are only being factual and guided by reality as union leaders.

“While we will continue to demand for more for our members as a union, we will do that through constructive dialogue, since the management is a listening and responsive one,” he added.

Oseni said that he was not happy with the ugly incident that befell the ASUU scribes, claiming that he had made several efforts to ensure the issue does not degenerate to such extent.

He, however, advised the embattled ASUU officers and the management to put the interest of the university first and ensure that the rule of law was strictly adhered to.

“It is quite unfortunate, but I am sure that the situation would take care of itself,” Oseni said.
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Edited by Abiodun Esan/Olagoke Olatoye

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SSANU seeks elimination of wage disparity to enhance productivity

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Mr Abdussobur Salaam, the National Public Relations Officer, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), has advocated for the elimination of disparity in workers’ wages to enhance productivity in the country.

Salaam made the call at the first memorial lecture in honour of the late Adoro Obiageli of the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) on Wednesday, at Sheda in Kwali Area council.

Speaking on the theme “Nigerian workers and the struggle for survival”, he said that there was a correlation between the salary of workers and the wealth of a nation.

According to him, until when Nigeria evolves a salary structure that will make workers happy, the country will not advance.

“We believe so much that there are too many inequalities in the country and that the absence of social justice has also been a major problem that has affected the nation.

“And the only solution is to establish a social justice in this country and bridge the inequality gap between the rich and the poor.

“The N30,000 new minimum wage we are talking about today is even grossly inadequate.

“This is because we have been able to discover that the minimum wage of N125 given to workers in 1981 is far better than the N30,000 that is being given now.

“Until we are able to move from the era of starvation wages to that of living wages that will be able to improve people’s lives and take care of their needs, we may not have progress in the country,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of SSANU, NMC branch, Mr Olorunsuyi Ademola, said that the lecture was apt and pertinent, considering the current situation in Nigeria where workers’ standard of living was very low.

“Inflation is on the rise; the gross domestic product (GDP) is below average, yet salaries and wages are static and our take home pay cannot take us home,” he said.

According to him, the objectives of the memorial lecture, among others, is to provide a platform for intellectual discourse on the real essence of unionism.

“Others are to build capacity on the essence and ideal of human relations, to encourage the development of leadership skills and virtue as well as to foster productivity, ethical development and national orientation,” he said.

Also speaking, the Director of NMC, Prof. Stephen Onah, appreciated the association for organising such a lecture, while expressing the centre’s readiness to support and encourage staff welfare.

Onah also said that the late Adoro was a committed unionist, who was always ready to champion the union’s course.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event also featured fund raising for the proposed Obiageli Adoro SSANU, NMC Secretariat.

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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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