University of Lagos
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The All Nigeria Peoples Party [ANPP] has asked the Federal Government to quickly invite the various segment of staff of the Federal Universities to a negotiating table in order to avert any disruptive strike in the nation's education sector.
The party said it received with serious concern, the news that the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities [SSANU], Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions [NASU] and the National Association of Academic Technologists [NAAT] will commence a 7-day warning strike by Tuesday in protest over Governments’ refusal to implement the 2009 agreement reached with them.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Emma Eneukwu, the party urged the Federal Government to not only fulfill the promises it made to the workers in 2009, but employ more creative engagement strategies with these University personnel in order to forestall future strikes.
"As a party we believe that a government can only earn the confidence of the people it governs when it is seen to have its priorities right and is sincere in prudent administration of the people’s scarce resources.
The striking University workers are complaining of the non-inclusion of funds for the payment of the Earned Allowances in the 2013 budget, as well as the findings of the report of a committee of NEEDS Assessment in the universities”, the statement added.