Federal Government Urges SSANU and NASU to End Warning Strike

The Federal Government has called on the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) to halt their ongoing seven-day warning strike. The strike was initiated by the unions to demand the payment of withheld salaries.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, has expressed her disappointment with the unions’ decision, which she views as a disregard for the government’s efforts to address their grievances. She noted that the Ministry had not received official notification from the unions about the strike, which contravenes section 18 of the Trade Dispute Act.

The Ministry attempted to arrange a meeting with the union leaders to prevent the strike, but due to logistical issues, only a tele-discussion could be held. Despite proposing a conciliation meeting for Monday, March 18, to resolve the issues, the unions rejected the date.

Minister Onyejeocha emphasized that strikes should be a last resort after all conciliation efforts have been exhausted. She urged SSANU and NASU to reconsider their stance and engage in meaningful dialogue with the government.

The Minister also appealed to all Nigerians to prioritize actions that benefit the country and its citizens.

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