Striking non-academic workers, FG team meet today

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There is an indication that the Joint Action Committee of the Non-Academic Staff Unions of Universities and a Federal Government delegation may meet on Tuesday (today).

The meeting is coming 15 days after the striking workers brought administrative activities in many public universities across the country to a halt.

Our correspondent gathered that the Federal Government team invited the aggrieved non-academic workers after they demanded the release of N30bn as Earned Allowance.

It was learnt that the workers recently wrote a letter of protest to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Architect Sonny Echono, among others.

The unions, comprising the Senior Staff Association of  Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union and  the National Association of Academic Technologists, had on December 4, 2017 embarked on an indefinite strike against the Federal Government over an alleged disparity in the disbursement of Earned Allowance to all the staff unions in Nigerian universities.

According to a letter obtained by our correspondent, a meeting will hold between the workers and the FG team at 11am in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Education in Abuja.

The letter, signed by the Director of Tertiary Education, Ojo Joel, reads in part, “ “Reference to your letter NO. JAC/FME/TD/11/6 dated 30th November 2017 titled: ‘Resumption of suspended Strike Action’, I am directed to invite you to a meeting with the minister of education to parley over the grievances expressed in your letter.”

The letter was dated December 15, 2017 and addressed to the striking unions.

Also, the NASU chairmen of the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, Comrades Kehinde Ajibade and Wole Adewumi, respectively, confirmed that the meeting will be holding.

“Yes, there will be a meeting and our demands are well stated out,” SSANU OAU Chairman, Adewole Oketunde added.

The striking workers faulted the allocation of N18.3bn to academic staff and N4.6bn to SSANU, NAAT and NASU members out of the N23bn released by the Federal Government for the payment of EAA.

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