The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has warned the Federal Government not to procrastinate the review of its 2009 agreement with the union.
SSANU said the warning was meant to make the government avoid a fresh crisis in the university.
SSANU urged the Federal Government to urgently set in motion the machinery for reviewing the agreement to ensure that the university academic calendar is not jeopardised.
In a communique issued at the weekend at the end of its 24th regular Executive Council meeting at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) said the agreement had been due for a review since August 2012.
The communique by SSANU National President, Comrade Samson Ugwoke and the National Public Relations Officer, Comrade N. A. D. Aboribo, decried Federal Government’s failure to sign a tripartite agreement with unions without commitment to implement it.
The communique reads: “The NEC-in-session notes that going by the terms of the 2009 FGN/SSANU agreement, the agreement was due for review with effect from August, 2012. Council frowns at the culture of the government signing agreement with unions with little or no commitment to full implementation of the terms of the agreement, which is one of the causes of frequent industrial crises in the country, particularly in the Nigerian public university system.
“SSANU NEC, therefore, calls on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, put machineries in motion for the review of the agreement without further delay before it degenerates into another round of crisis.”
SSANU condemned the non-implementation of the earned allowances component of the 2009 agreement to its members.
The union called for its regular payment “to avoid situations that may aggravate another industrial crisis in the universities”.
It also urged the government to pay the arrears it owes its members in research institute that are affiliated to universities
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