Non-Academic Workers’ Warning Strike Gathers Steam In LASU

The warning strike embarked upon by the Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) on Tuesday gained more grounds at the Lagos State University (LASU), as the workers fully complied with the directive.

The five-day nationwide warning strike began on Monday.

Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), LASU Chapter, Mr. Saheed Oseni, said that non-teaching activities had been paralysed in the institution since Monday.

“We have fully complied with the directive of our national body and have embarked on a comprehensive strike to drive home the demand of our union.

“All our members are not on duty and all offices have been shut, except for the lecture theatre to enable students to write their examinations,” he said.

Oseni advised government to use the strike period to invite the leadership of the striking unions to a roundtable toward resolving all pending issues and meeting the unions’ demands.

He said that meeting the demands was key to preventing education sector from going into comatose.

The Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), LASU Chapter, Mr Sanni Ige, also confirmed that the strike was being observed in the university.

Ige said that although most of the demands of the unions had been met to a great extent at the local level by the Lagos State Government, the chapter had to comply with the strike directive in solidarity with the national body.

“Discussion concerning the issue on our Earned Academic Allowance and the staff school have almost been concluded; the management has promised to do the needful,” he said.

The non-academic personnel of universities under the auspices of SSANU and NASU are protesting Federal Government’s non-implementation of an agreement it reached with the unions in 2009.

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