The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), yesterday gave the federal government some conditions that should be met before resumption of schools.
The association at the end of its 43rd National Executive Council (NEC), in Abuja, also told the government to concede to the demands of the organized labour to avert the impeding strike action
In a communiqué read by its National President, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, NAAT said the meeting was called to review the state of affairs of the union occasioned by long break in meetings as a result of outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
It warned the government on the consequences of the planned strike on Monday, saying, “There is the urgent need to resolve all issues that might lead to total and indefinite strike as directed by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) of which NAAT is an affiliate.”
According to the communiqué, the union considered a number of burning issues with regard to state of affairs of the nation as it affects the citizenry and members of our union, NAAT, adding that some of the burning issues included the state of the nation.
It said, “Coming out of the gradual removal of the lockdown that has bedevilled the nation in the last six (6) months, NAAT wishes to lend her voice to the call by concerned Nigerians for the reopening of schools by the government.
“However, government should take into consideration the need to provide necessary facilities and enabling environment for safe reopening of Schools especially, tertiary institutions (Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education).
“Some of the facilities needed includes but not limited to the following: sanitary items, face shield, financial support for accommodation facilities, release of intervention fund for resuscitation, rehabilitation, maintenance and even procurement of laboratory/workshop/studio equipment and infrastructural facilities to facilitate reopening as a result of non-usage of some materials and equipment owing to the total lockdown.
“Provision of financial grants to students and university systems for upgrading facilities to cope with the needs of the returning students, urgent need for government to find a lasting solution to demands that led to university unions strike and the prevalent issues that may compel other unions to embark on strike upon the reopening of schools.”
Some of these issues NAAT said included the non-payment of minimum wage arrears to all the tertiary institutions, failure of Integrated Personnel Information and Payment Systems (IPPIS) to implement all items contained in Federal Government /NAAT 2009 Agreement which were being implemented prior to introduction of IPPIS
On security, NAAT called on the federal government to re-strategize her security architecture to deal decisively with the menace of wanton killings, kidnappings, banditry etc, which it said was almost becoming a matter of concern to the citizens.