Senate moves to avert looming strike in universities

The Nigerian Senate has resolved to take quick measures to avert a looming strike in Nigerian universities, writes Kemi Busari for the Premium Times.

The lawmakers resolved on Tuesday 16 July that the leadership of the senate engage the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU). Both groups are threatening to go on strike to demand a NGN30 billion (US83 million) ‘earned allowance’ and to protest the federal government’s refusal to obey a court judgment on staff salaries. A three-day protest to drive home their demands started at the University of Ibadan branch on Monday 15 July.

Bringing the issue to the attention of the senate in a motion on Tuesday, Barau Jibrin (Kano-APC) urged his colleagues to devise quick measures to avoid the industrial action, noting that the senate intervention was important due to the fact that the current administration is yet to constitute its cabinet.
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