The Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising the Senior Staff Association of Universities, SSANU, Non Academic Staff Union, NASU, and the Nation Association of Technicians, NAATS as well as students from several universities, have jointly called on the federal government and particularly the Federal ministries of labour and education ,to urgently intervene in the more than two months industrial action embarked upon by JAC over the disparity in the ‘’sharing ‘’ of earned allowances recently released by the federal government to the universities
A member of the Joint Action Committee and Chairman of SSANU, University of Abuja Chapter, Mr Hassan Chabiri Shallangwa, told newsmen in an exclusive chat in Abuja yesterday, that the industrial action had lingered long enough with its attendant consequences on both the youth and Nigeria’s tertiary education sector
He said ’’the strike had lingered simply because of the non chant attitude of the government through relevant federal ministries to intervene expeditiously.
‘’If for instance ,the Ministers of Labour and Education bring our demands before the federal executive council, the matters arising therein would have been laid to rest long ago, but they continued to shy away from the reality on our campuses as if nothing is happening’’
Also speaking on the matter, across section of students interviewed by newsmen lamented the difficulties they are experiencing since activities resumed on the campuses for the new semester
Miss Josephine Maduacbuchi, a second year Sociology student in one of the universities, admitted that even though lectures are going on, on skeletal basis due to the fact that ASUU is not on strike, life on the campuses were made worse by the non availability of complimentary utilities that could have been provided by the striking workers
However, the national leadership of the Joint Action Committee, led by the Vice President, Comrade Solomon Alba has read the riot act on members who sabotage the on-going industrial action by going to work and pleasing their respective office bosses, saying those caught in the act will be duly sanctioned
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