The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has demanded that the FG through the Minister of Education consider the immediate payment of the four months withheld salaries of members of the union.
The union also charged the government to look into the release of the N50 billion Earned Allowances captured in the 2023 budget, completion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/SSANU Agreement and the reinstatement/reconstitution of Governing Councils of our universities.
Recall that in 2022, the union embarked on a strike that lasted for about eight months. The FG then decided to apply the no-work-no pay rule and withheld salaries of SSANU members for about four months.
The demands of the union was signed in a message to mark the Independence Day Anniversary by the SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim.
The message stated as follows:
“My Dear Compatriots and Comrades, today marks another ritual of celebrating our 63rd Independence anniversary. 63 years in the life of a country may be seen as a fairly short period especially when compared to countries that have had their independence centuries back but definitely, 63 years of survival is enough a period to birth, tutor, and mature as a country. But could this be said of our country NIGERIA? (Your answers are as good as mine).”
“While this day should not be spent on lamentation(s), our ruling elites have continuously failed to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the masses which is the provision of effective and efficient leadership that is defined by good governance, quality education, security of lives and property, accountability and infrastructural development.”
“My dear comrades, even though SSANU as a union is deeply saddened and is mourning the untimely death of our Deputy General Secretary which sad event occurred on Tuesday, 26th September 2023, and other members who recently passed away, I wish to urge our comrades to use this period of the independence celebration for sober reflection and the offering of fervent prayers to the Almighty God for his continuous guidance and protection over our dear country and its citizens. “
“SSANU as a union wishes to also request that the Federal Government through the Minister of Education consider the immediate payment of the four months withheld salaries of our members, the release of the 50 billion naira Earned Allowances captured in the 2023 budget, completion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/SSANU Agreement and the reinstatement/reconstitution of Governing Councils of our universities.”
“Finally, May I on behalf of my family, NAC, NEC, and the entire membership of our great union SSANU wish all Nigerians a happy 63rd Independence anniversary.” The message stated.