By Aliyu Garba Zaria
Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) Abu chapter have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over non payment of earn allowances to its members.
This was made known by the chairman of the union, Comrade Shuaibu Halilu shortly after an emergency congress held at the Assembly hall of the university in Zaria.
Our Correspondent reports that after the meeting the members staged a peaceful protest and marched to the main gate of the Institution chanting solidarity songs and raising placard cards with various inscriptions.
The chairman said Federal government has been so discriminate in the way and manner it disbursed funds to the Universities non academic staff especially regarding the earn allowance.
“This contradicted all international accounting system of equity and fairness among various unions in Nigerian Universities.
“How can Federal government disbursed funds to universities and make direct allocation of 80 percent to Academic Staff Union of Universities,ASUU while allocating 20 percent only to all the three non Academic staff of the university. “He said
Comrade Halilu said recently Federal government disbursed the sum of one point six billion Naira to the universities and directed that a total of one point three billion naira be allocated to ASUU and the remaining point three billion naira for three non teaching Staff unions.
He noted that such action violated principle of justice, fairness and equaty in the administration of Nigerian Universities.
The Unionist called for the immediate release of thirty billion Naira owned the non teaching staff or else the mother of all protest would be unleashed.
Also speaking the chairman of the Non Academic staff union (NASU) of the Institution, Comrade Mohammed Sunusi lamented on the discriminatory treatment meted out by the government on members of non teaching staff.
He said the bulk load of work being carried out by members of the non academic in the universities can never be compared to that of academics.
He wondered why government should decide to engage in such unsubscribed disparity that manifested clear injustice.
“This ugly development will only cause enemity and discouraged high performance among some section of staff in the Nigerian University System.
“I hereby appealed to federal government to hasten the release of thirty billion naira owned by members of non teaching staff. ” He concluded