Joint action committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has increased the duration of its ongoing strike by two months.
The unions announced this in a joint statement signed on Wednesday, June 22. by Mohammed Ibrahim, SSANU’s national president, and Peter Adeyemi, the general secretary.
According to the statement released on Wednesday, June 22, the extension of the industrial action was because the government has not addressed majority of the unions’ demands.
The two-month extension of the strike will take effect as from Friday, June 24, 2022.
The statement read in part:
In view of the fact that government is still a long way from effectively resolving the issues in contention, it is only expedient that we allow the process to be fully concluded before directing the end of the strike.
Consequently, you are hereby informed that the strike has been extended by two months, within which we are hoping that all the contentious issues would have been effectively laid to rest. The two-month extension is with effect from Friday, June 24, 2022.
It should be recalled that SSANU and NASU had declared a two-week warning strike on March 27.
SSANU and NASU had prolonged the strike by another two weeks on April 10, stating that the government is yet to meet their demands.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is still on strike. ASUU had on February 14 declared a one-month warning strike to protest the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.
The union extended the industrial action by eight weeks on March 14, citing the government’s failure to fully address its demands.
Thereafter, union extended the strike by another 12 weeks.