Another bomb shell stemming out from the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU) has it that the Federal Government should with immediate effect honour the 2009 agreement with the union or face a nationwide strike in the universities.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU) rose from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the University of Ibadan with a strong warning to the Federal Government, to immediately put in place a machinery for the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement or face a nationwide strike in the universities.
SSANU-NEC also calls on the Federal Government and state governments to urgently pay the balance of the arrears of the earned allowance or commence its payment in order to avert another major crises in Nigerian university system in the new year.”
In a communique issued after the meeting, the union said the 2009 agreement signed with SSANU in 2009 is long overdue for renegotiation.
The communique said: “SSANU-in-session continues to note that the 2009 FGN/SSANU Agreement is long over-due for renegotiation and the insistence of the union that this agreement be renegotiated has not been respected by the government.
NEC-in-session therefore, warns government on the dangers of its insensitive stand on this matter as such is capable of completely disrupt the relative peace in our universities. SSANU-NEC therefore, urges the Federal Government to put in place a machinery in motion for the renegotiation of this agreement without any further delay.”
Signed by the SSANU President Comrade Samson Ugwoke and the Public Relations Officer, Comrade NAD Aboribo, the communique also frowned at the failure by government at all levels to pay the arrears of earned allowances.
NEC-in-session considers the fragile peace and the anxieties of staff in Nigerian universities and Inter University Centres, as a result of non-payment of the balance of the arrears of the earned allowances.
SSANU therefore calls on the Federal Government and state governments to urgently pay the balance of the arrears of the earned allowance or commence its payment in order to avert another major crises in Nigerian university system in the new year.”
The union also express concern over the plight of Nigerian pensioners, “who have used their youthful age to serve the country and now have become frail and fragile without enough strength to fend for themselves.”
It regretted that fund meant for the payment of pensioners are being embezzled and mismanaged daily; with only lip service being paid to the prosecution of culprits and the recovery of the stolen funds while the pensioners continue to suffer.
SSANU thereore called on PENCOM to ensure that government fulfils its obligation to pensioners under the Contributory Pension Act as amended.
On the issue of university staff school, SSANU called on the government to call to order some of the over-zelous Vice-Chancellors who refused to respect the sanctity of the 2009 agreement on the university staff school.
SSANU warned that it would not hesitate to “henceforth direct its branches nation-wide to shut down any university which disrespect the agreement on staff school,” adding that all over the world, agreement is sancrosant and Nigeria case cannot be different.”
Also, the union noted the persistence by the a Federal Government to implement the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in the university system, inspite of the peculiar nature of the system and the general position of all the university based unions against such implementation.
SSANU, therefore stated that unless and untill necessary modalities that will capture the peculiarities noted in the IPPIS are worked out, the union shall continue to resist the implementation of the policy.
On the security situation in the country, SSANU called on the government to close Nigeria borders with Chad, Niger Republic and Cameroon, saying that the majority of the sect members ans suicide bombers of Boko Haram are not Nigerians.
It called on President Joathan to demonstrate enough courage to expose and flush out all the powerful people within and outside governments who have been fingered by intelligence reports to be sponsors of Boko Haram.
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