SSANU, NASU, NAAT get 53.37% salary increase – Unions call off strike indefinitely
Soji-Eze Fagbemi, Abuja – 06.11.2009
IT was joy for members of the non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian universities at the National Universities Commission (NUC), in Abuja, on Thursday, as the Federal Government finally signed the agreement that approved a 53.37 per cent salary increase for their members.
The unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
The unions, therefore, called off their four-month strike indefinitely and directed all their members to resume work immediately on their various campuses.
SSANU president, Promise Adewusi; his NAAT counterpart, Alhaji Abdullatif Jokomba and the general secretary of NASU, Peter Adeyemi, gave the directive to suspend the strike to their members, after they signed the agreement for their respective unions on behalf of their members.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu and the chairman of the government’s negotiating team, Mr. Gamaliel Onosode, signed on behalf of the Federal Government, while the chairman of the committee of Pro-Chancellors, Dr. Wale Babalakin, signed on behalf of universities’ managements.
Though the details of the agreement was not made known during the signing ceremony, the Nigerian Tribune gathered from an insider that SSANU, NASU and NAAT succeeded in getting a 53.37 per cent salary increment approved by the Federal Government for their members.
Dr. Egwu, after signing the agreement, said the strike, which lasted for four months, would be the last to be witnessed in Nigerian universities.