Nigerian University Unions Forge Ahead with Planned Protests for Unpaid Salaries


The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) have reiterated their determination to proceed with a planned protest on Tuesday, demanding the payment of outstanding salary arrears owed to their members.

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NASU National President, Makolo Hassan, reaffirmed this commitment during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, stating that despite previous warning strikes and engagements, the Federal Government has not addressed their demands.

“After the failed meeting last Thursday, we have not received any communication. Our members across the country have met in their respective branches today and will commence protests from tomorrow,” Hassan stated.

Following Tuesday’s protest, the unions plan to escalate their demonstrations by marching to the nation’s capital, Abuja.

“We will review the situation by next week Thursday. On the 18th, we will hold a national protest in Abuja. If our demands remain unmet, we will resume negotiations,” Hassan declared.

In March, both unions embarked on a warning strike to press for their demands. The nationwide protest scheduled for July 9, 2024, across all state chapters will be followed by a national protest in Abuja on July 18, 2024, as outlined in a circular addressed to all branch chairmen of SSANU and NASU.

The circular, jointly signed by NASU’s General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, and SSANU’s National President, Mohammed Ibrahim, followed a two-week ultimatum issued to the Federal Government in June.

Expectations are high that campuses nationwide will experience disruptions due to Tuesday’s planned strike action.

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