Striking members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, under the umbrella of non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities, have threatened to disrupt the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Chairman, Joint Action Committee, JAC, Non-Teaching Staff of the Nigerian Universities, Samson Ugwoke, told newsmen that the examination would not take place in any university since their members were on strike.
Recall that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had held a conciliatory meeting with the union leaders on Tuesday, urging the unions to call off the strike, but the plea had fallen on deaf ears.
Mr Ugwoke said that the threat became necessary in view of federal government’s refusal to implement the agreement it entered with the unions.
“Since our strike continues, JAC has decided that no activities will take place in the universities.
“This is because if we are on strike and you expect our members to come and supervise JAMB or come to operate their machines like the computers, that means we are breaking the strike already.
“JAC has also decided that to withdraw their assistance. They would not go to work. So all I know is that as long as we are on strike, JAC has decided that there will be no exam.
“Our members will not participate and they will make sure that the exam does not hold in the universities. That is the position of JAC, ‘’ he said.
Mr Ugwoke also called on the federal government to do the needful for the strike to end.