By Peter Usman/:
The Joint Action Committee of Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU has commenced a three-day national protest.
The protests follow an earlier statement by the NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, and the SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim, calling on all members in branches of universities and inter-university centres across the nation to embark on industrial action.
The protesters in Abuja comprising members of SSANU and NASU, occupied UNIABUJA Main Campus’s main gate, according to a report by ChannelsTV.
The members are protesting over irregularities in Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System, IPPIS payments, non-payment of earned allowances, non-payment of arrears in the minimum wage, etc.
They are also protesting the sharing formula of the N70 billion given the universities by the Federal Government.
They insist that the 75 per cent and 25 per cent sharing formula for the earned allowances does not favour their members.
Other issues include the delay in the renegotiation of FGN, NASU and SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits of outgone members, neglect and poor funding of state universities, and non-constitution of visitation panels for universities.
Members of the union are also protesting in the Federal University Of Technology, Owerri, Imo State; Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State capital; the University Of Ilorin, Kwara State capital and, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Lagos State.