ASABA- Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, chapter, SSANU-DELSU, Non-Academic Staff Union, NANSU-DELSU and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT-DELSU, begun the nationwide strike embarked upon by the national body of SSANU.
Arising from a joint congress of the union in Site Two of the university, Abraka, the SSANU Chairman, Comr. Monday Izu, who spoke on behalf of the unions, told journalists that the decision to join the national body in the strike was not a matter of choice, but a unanimous decision.
He said one of the reasons the union embarked on the strike was borne out of the Federal Governments’ lackadaisical attitude towards the agreement on the re-negotiation of the 2009 agreement which he stated that after three years, the agreement would be due for re-negotiation but the government has failed to honour the agreement it entered with the union.
He added “Another reason is the document concerning the staff schools in public universities across the country. The National Industrial Court gave a judgement to the effect that government should be responsible for the recurrent and capital expenditure of the staff schools as agreed in 2009.
“Till date the government has refused to comply with the court injunction and as of today, many staff school teachers are wallowing in abject poverty because the federal government has refused to pay them, thereby disregarding court judgement.
“We want to use this opportunity to call on government to meet up with all its responsibility and obey the court judgment on the issue” he said.
On the issue of the shortfall in the payment of salaries, Izu stated, “Although, DELSU is not involved in this anomaly but so many universities are victims of this, especially federal universities. Most of them are not receiving the full salaries; some receive 75 per cent, 80 and others 85 percent as the case may be and this has lingered on for a long time.”