Non-academics prepare for nationwide protest over withheld salaries


The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and other Allied Institutions (NASU) have announced plans for nationwide protests starting Tuesday, 9 July, over the government’s failure to release their withheld four months’ salaries.

This decision follows an unsatisfactory meeting on Thursday with the Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, and other officials, which failed to show convincing commitment to resolving their grievances.

Despite assurances from the education ministry that the withheld salaries issue has been escalated to the highest level of government, the unions remain unconvinced.

The JAC has instructed its chapters across Nigerian universities to begin sensitisation activities on Monday, 8 July, and to mobilize members for the campus protests.

A national protest is also scheduled for Thursday, 18 July, in Abuja, after which the unions will decide on the commencement of a strike action.

The withheld salaries are a result of the non-academics’ participation in an industrial action in 2022, which lasted four months.

While President Bola Tinubu ordered the payment of withheld salaries for academic staff, non-teaching staff were excluded, prompting renewed tensions.

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