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Friday, 15 September 2017

Nigerian govt, university workers achieve agreement over strike

Nigerian Government and the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the non-showing staff of Nigerian Universities have achieved an understanding over the progressing strike by the workers. 

Minister of Labor and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, said this at a meeting with the administration of the JAC of the unions and different authorities of the Ministry of Education. 

The meeting finished Friday morning in Abuja 

JAC involves National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities ( SSANU) 

The requests of the unions incorporated the installment of earned allowances, a survey of the governance framework in universities and enhanced funding in accordance with UNESCO proposals. 

Different requests included arrangement of infrastructure in universities and installment of salary shortfall being owed individuals, usage of the National Industrial Court judgment on college staff schools and registration of NUPEMCO, the Pension Fund Administrator proposed for college workers. 

Ngige, in any case, said assentions had been come to on every one of the issues raised by the workers. 

"We had discourses on every one of these zones and we achieved concurrence on every one of them; government has effectively endorsed and discharged some N23 billion for earned allowances in the universities", he said. 

"This is for instructing and non-showing staff of the different universities in Nigeria. 

"We concurred on this that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation is to speed up activity on order for this installment. 

"We have the issue of shortfall; the issue is as of now being tended to and a few universities are as of now credited with some measure of cash for their short falls". 

He additionally said the Salaries and Wages Income Commission had started the way toward guaranteeing consistence with the NIC judgment, communicating the expectation this would be finished inside a month. 

On non-registration of NUPEMCO as Pension Fund Administrator, he said that the procedure had started and a specialist would be taking care of this for the benefit of the unions. 

"We have likewise repeated our dedication that the fitting filled structures and particulars be submitted inside one week while the Federal Ministry of Education will assist activity to drawing out the authentications. 

"Likewise on the arrangement of the 2009 understanding, we understood that Babalakin Committee is dealing with that and has gathered memorandum from the different unions,'' he included. 

Ngige, who likewise responded to the issue of lacking infrastructure and poor funding of universities, said the Ministry of Education was initiating a nine-man advisory group that would build up an option methods for sourcing for stores. 

He likewise said that the meeting mutually concurred that government ought to strengthen endeavors to checkmate the overabundances of degenerate authorities in the college framework. 

The meeting additionally concurred that universities ought to likewise work the Treasury Single Account and that the workplace of the Accountant General of the Federation ought to explore instances of those working numerous records. 

"We additionally concurred that government ought to facilitate activity and send appearance boards to elected universities that have not been gone to and return to the past appearance boards with the end goal of usage of their proposals. 

"Again on shriek blowing which is the new hostile to debasement strategy of this organization, government concurred with the unions that shriek blowers ought to be ensured 

"On the issue of CONTISS 14 and CONTISS 15 for technologists, the technologists' union, NAAT, is to give the Federal Ministry of Education with information that would help the ministry to create fitting plan of administration for the new frameworks among others."

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