The Joint Action Committee of Non-academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has given the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum to pay the arrears of four months’ salaries withheld between May and August 24th, 2022.

Failure to do so will result in a nationwide strike by members of the unions.

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In a letter dated 19th June, 2024, addressed to the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, the unions expressed their grievance over the government’s failure to pay the withheld salaries despite previous warnings and engagements.

The letter, co-signed by SSANU President Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim and Secretary-general Comrade Peters Adeyemi, highlighted the unions’ disappointment with the government’s silence and lack of action.

The letter stated, “The deafening silence of Government and failure to pay the withheld salaries is creating high level of agitations and contentions among our members in the Universities and Inter- University Centres such that we can no longer guarantee industrial peace and harmony on University campuses.”

The unions emphasized that the non-payment of the salaries goes against the spirit of collective bargaining and builds distrust.

They demanded the immediate payment of the withheld salaries within two weeks from the date of the correspondence, warning that failure to do so will result in the shutdown of universities and inter-university centers.