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NASU, SSANU Mobilizing For National Protest In Abuja

Hundreds of non-teaching staff at the University of Ibadan, on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, staged a peaceful protest against non-payment of their entitlements by the federal government.

The protesters were led by chairmen of Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Comrade Oluwafemi Michael Ogunlade and Abiodun Rasaq Omisore, respectively.

The protesting workers started the protest at the main entrance of the institution, during which they blocked the ever busy UI-Sango Road for almost one hour and disrupted vehicular movement.

The Unions said the protest follows the recent breakdown of dialogue between the Joint Action Committee of the two bodies and the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment.

Some of the placards displayed by the angry workers included “Tinubu once promised us cassava but now Garri is no longer available” and “SSANU demands 4 months withheld salary”.

Ogunlade said that the workers would mobilise and stage a protest in Abuja if the federal government failed to answer them.

He said, “You know in the Federal Universities, we have the non-teaching union, we have the teaching union. NASU, SSANU and ASUU. ASUU are the lecturers, while NASU and SSANU are non-teaching staff.

“But what we discovered was that the Federal Government paid ASUU. Leaving the SSANU and NASU to their fate.”

Our grievances are against the Federal Government and not ASSU. We embarked on the same strike and we even suspended our strike before them. Our strike was four months, while their strike was eight months.

“If they fail to honour this agreement, we will go to Abuja on July 18, 2024, for a national protest,” Ogunlade added.

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