By JIDAUNA DARING
THE Non Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) through its Joint Action Committee (JAC) has in continuation of its national protest called on Federal Government (FG) to pay their 30billion arrears or face a total shut down of the system nation-wide.
JAC chairperson University of Jos branch, Mrs. Esther Ezeama made the call during the continuation of its branch protest, held at SSANU Secretariat University of Jos permanent site, last Thursday.
Mrs. Ezeama said that the protest started a week ago and ended last Thursday, adding that they were still waiting for government to respond to their demand.
“If by Sunday, we don’t get any response from the government we will be going for an indefinitely 5-day warning strike after which there will be complete strike, only God knows when”.
She challenged the Federal Government to do the needful by also calling on the National Assembly, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the National Universities Commission to put heads together with the Federal Ministry of Education to work out a positive result on their demand.
Mrs. Ezeama added that they would continue to protest if the government does not responded well to their request.
She noted that the lip service that they have gotten from the government was not enough for them to stop the protest, adding that some people have died because of this struggle while some have no hope, saying that they needed a positive response from the Federal Government as soon as possible.
Government should listen to us, this protest is not only in Jos, and it is all over the federation, it is happening simultaneously in other Universities” she said.
Also speaking NASU chairman University of Jos, Mr. Bitrus Dagwer told journalists that the issue started since 2009 to date, saying that they should not be treated as second class citizens in their own country.