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University workers make demands, give Buhari govt ultimatum

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The president of the Association of Higher Personnel of the Universities of Nigeria, SSANU, branch of Ahmadu Bello University, comrade Abdurra’uf Bello, warned that if the Federal Government did not use the five-day warning strike granted by the association to Implement the SSANU / FGN Agreement of 2009, nothing would prevent them from embarking on an indefinite strike.

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Abdurra’uf Bello, who delivered this warning on Thursday at a press conference held at the union secretariat on the main campus, lamented that ten years after the agreement, the Federal Government had not heeded most of the contract.

He further stated that the most worrying aspect of the agreement is the recent release of N25 billion by the Federal Government to universities to cover part of the outstanding earned allocations, where only 20 percent of that amount was allocated to non-teaching staff, even when 80 The percentage of the sum went to teachers.

According to him, “this singular act of government is not only shameful for non-teaching staff of universities but is insulting, unfair and unacceptable.”

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On the issue of the ruling of the industrial court in Abuja, he said it is the responsibility of the federal government to handle the recurring and capital expenditures of the School of University Personnel, adding that the federal government has not yet complied with the court ruling.

Comrade Bello urged the federal government to meet the demands of the SSANU before the warning strike became an indefinite, comprehensive and total strike.