Nigerian universities are set to be fully grounded on September 11 as the joint action committee of Non-Teaching Staff of Universities has directed its members to proceed on a nationwide industrial action.
This development is coming a month after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an indefinite strike with negotiations with government still unproductive.
The action committee that will partake in the strike comprises the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, Chijioke Ugwoke, chairman of the committee, said government had failed to implement an agreement it reached with the unions in 2009, hence the need for the action.
Ugwoke said, “During the strike, there shall be no provision of services, no matter how skeletal.
“Concessions shall not be granted while all our members are to stay at home till further notice, unless as directed by JAC through their respective presidents”.
It has been a season of strikes in the country, as Nigeria’s resident doctors under the Nigerian Medical Association have also been on strike.
Many will wonder what new strategy the government, which has so far failed to end the strikes, would employ to resolve the multi-pronged industrial actions which have grounded the major sectors of health and education, with far-reaching impact on the economy and the well-being of their Nigerians.
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