• On Strike

    The striking non-teaching staff of the Nigerian universities, made of the Non Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities(SSANU) National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT), have threatened to disrupt the 2018 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which will hold from March 9.

    Mr Samson Ugwoke, Chairman, Joint Action Committee (JAC), Non-Teaching Staff of the Nigerian Universities, made the threat at a meeting of the National JAC with the Principal Branch Officers on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Sen Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, held a conciliatory meeting with the Non-Teaching Staff of Nigerian Universities on Tuesday, urging the unions to call off the strike.

    Ugwoke said that the threat has become imperative as the Federal Government has continued to renege on the agreement it entered with the unions.

    According to him, since our strike continues, JAC has decided that no activities will take place in the universities.

    “This is because if we are on strike and you expect our members to come and supervise JAMB or come to operate their machines like the computers, that means we are breaking the strike already.

    “JAC has also decided that to withdraw their assistance. They would not go to work. So all I know is that as long as we are on strike, JAC has decided that there will be no exam.

    “Our members will not participate and they will make sure that the exam does not hold in the universities. That is the position of JAC, ‘’ he said.

    Ugwoke also called on the Federal Government to do the needful.

    He further said that JAC has also decided to hold a mega mass protest rally on Thursday, March 8, to sensitise the public on alleged corruption and the social injustices in the Nigerian university system. (NAN)


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