It seems an end is finally coming to the ongoing strike announced by the Non-Teaching Staff in Nigerian Universities.
The meeting between the Federal Government and the unions lasted about 11 hours.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said it was a conciliatory meeting with the leadership of the JAC of the unions and other officials of the Ministry of Education on Friday in Abuja.
The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) all embarked on a strike on Monday, 11th September, 2017 over non-implementation of an agreement reached in 2009.
The demands of the union include;
1. Payment of earned allowances.
2. Review of the governance system in universities.
3. Improved funding in line with UNESCO recommendations.
4. Provision of infrastructure in Universities.
5. Payment of salary shortfall being owed.
6. Implementation of the National Industrial Court Judgment on University staff schools.
7. Registration of NUPEMCO – The Pension Fund Administrator proposed for University workers.
Ngige said the unions grievances and concerns were duly noted during discussions.
“We held discussions on all these areas and we reached agreement on all of them; government has already approved and released some N23 billion for earned allowances in the Universities” he said.
“This is however for teaching and non-teaching staff of the various universities in Nigeria”.
“We agreed on this that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation is to expedite action on mandate for this payment”.