The latest meeting between the federal government’s delegation and the leaders of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) ended in deadlocks, as both parties failed to reach an agreement.
Driving the news
The head of the federal government’s designation, Pro-Chancellor of Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Prof. Nimi Briggs, refused to renegotiate the terms of the 2009 agreement between the union and the federal government during the ongoing negotiation between both parties.
Brief background to the story
JAC embarked on a two weeks warning strike on Sunday, 27th March 2022, to express their displeasure over the unresolved issues with the federal government. The Union extended the strike action by another two weeks on Sunday, April 10th 2022, following the continued silence by the federal government.
With the unresolved issues between both parties still lingering, the affected unions, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Educational Institutions (NASU) have extended the strike by four weeks.
What they are saying
The General Secretary of JAC, Peters Adeyemi, speaking on the outcome of the latest meeting, said the federal government delegates ignored the outcome of a meeting by a sub-committee made up of both parties in August 2018.
- He said the disagreement on all the items of the MoD by the delegates was a predetermined position. Adeyemi added that the delegates clearly lacked the capacity to commit to any of the items listed on the MoD.
- Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.
- Payment of earned allowances.
- Violation of non-academic positions by vice-chancellors.
- Inclusion of university staff school into the university system.
- Non-payment of minimum wage arrears, and funding of state universities.