The non-academic staff unions of Bayero University Kano, BUK, under the aegis of Joint Action Committee, JAC, on Tuesday, protested against the Federal Government’s failure to honor a Memorandum of Understanding reached between the parties.
DAILY NIGERIAN observed that hundreds of members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational Institutions and Organized Labour, NASU, converged in the Senate building of the university, chanting various solidarity songs.
The protest was peaceful and conducted under the directive given by the National Joint Action Committee of the two unions.
Addressing the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sagir Adamu-Abbas, and other Principal Officers, the SSANU Chairman, Dr. Haruna Aliyu, decried the Federal Government’s alleged refusal to address the inconsistencies in the IPPPS payment.
Other grouses, according to the SSANU chairman, included non-payment of earned allowances; non-payment of arrears of minimum wage; delay in the renegotiation of FG/NASU and SSANU 2009 agreements; neglect and poor funding of state universities and non-payment of retirement benefits of retired members.
He recalled that the JAC had on January 8, 2021, met in Abuja to review the memorandum of understanding reached and signed with the Federal Government on October 20, 2020 at the Honourable Minister’s Conference Room, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Mr Aliyu added that the union would no longer accept the incidences where teaching staff would be usurping headships of non-teaching units, saying that it was a clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures.
“It was only yesterday, that the federal government fulfilled one demand which is a constitution of Visitation panels for universities,” he however added.
In his part, the NASU Chairman, Abdullahi Nasiru-Rafi, said the non-teaching staff unions would not fold their arms and allow the government to play to the galleries with their demands, stressing that if it continues to renege on their agreements the union would be left with no option than to embark on indefinite strike action.
He, therefore, called on the SSANU and NASU members to continue to support the struggle in order to “emancipate them from the shackles of difficulties put by IPPPIS and other government’s unfavorable policies”.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the non-teaching staff members are critical stakeholders in the university, saying that their work could not be done by any other staff.
According to him, the University Management has taken the welfare of staff members with utmost priority, noting that the management would make sure that SSANU and NASU members are not victimized when it comes to their rights.
“We will definitely protect your interest and ensure that your welfare is assured,” the VC stressed.