Monday, 6 February 2017

Non-Academic Staff Shut Down Activities in NSUK

By Ofim, Kelechi Ofim.

The ongoing clearance of graduating students and registration of the newly admitted ones in Nasarawa State University, Keffi, have suffered a major set back as the institution's Non-Academic Staff Union, today embarked on an indefinite strike to demand payment of outstanding Earned Allowance and other unresolved agreements with management.

The Chairman of the chapter’s Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Comrade Zubairu Adamu, who spoke about the ongoing strike today, said “the strike will continue until our demands are met”.

He said management has defaulted in their earlier agreement, hence the were left with no choice than to call for the industrial action.

Graduating students who have come from far and near for their clearance seems to be the most severely affected, and have complained about the strike saying that they can no longer proceed with the process, especially at the Bursary, Exams and Records, Students Affairs, Hostels, Clinic, Security, Departments and Faculties. Although some departments and faculties are said to be going ahead with the clearance. A similar fate also befell the newly admitted students who are yet to complete the process of their registration.

Meanwhile, there is an ongoing meeting as at the time of filling this report to resolve the strike. Comrade Zubairu promised to provide some details immediately after the meeting.

Another impending strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, NSUK Chapter has been averted as the Union members received “alerts” on the outstanding Earned Academic Allowance owed them.

Management had agreed to pay ASUU by December 2016 but later shifted it to January 2017 due to cash crunch. Some of the members have confirmed receiving outstanding payment for the EAA. The leadership of ASUU has not spoken about their next line of action but with members receiving part of the payment, it is doubtful ASUU may want to proceed with any strike.

For now, academic activities are smoothly going on in the University but non-academic activities have come to a screeching halt.

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