The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), University of Ibadan (UI) Branch, on Monday, began a 3-day protest to demand N30 billion earned allowance.
According to reports, the protest is also against the Federal Government’s refusal to obey court judgement on staff school salaries.
The peaceful demonstration which drew affected members of the unions to the main entrance of the university, affected
smooth vehicular movement in and out of the campus.
The protesting workers were seen carrying placards with inscriptions such as, “We demand N30bn to pay part of our earned allowance now;” “FG, stop provoking inter-union crisis in Nigerian universities;” “FG, please obey court judgement on staff school,” among others.
Wale Akinremi, Chairman UI-SSANU, made it known that any nation that treats education the way we treat ours in Nigeria will never be destined for greatness”.
He also said the protest would be followed by a branch protest and the ‘mother of all protests’ at the national level.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, has appealed to members of the unions to embrace dialogue in resolving issues in the interest of the nation.
He made the appeal during a briefing on Saturday where he cautioned that resorting to strike as a means of resolving problems would affect the academic system in the country.