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BUK joins SSANU national protest



SSANU protest at BUK

By Nura Garba

The Bayero University, Kano Chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has joined other chapters in the country to protest against the federal government’s continuous refusal to honour the agreement it signed with the non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities.

Members of the senior staff took to the streets within the university’s New Campus chanting different slogans with placards in their hands bearing different slogans such as Ngige Must Go; Why this Delay; Pay Our Earned Allowances Now; Enough is Enough and several other inscriptions.

The members in their large number went to the Vice Chancellor, Muhammad Yahuza Bello and registered their grievances after which they presented a letter containing the need to honour the said agreement for onward presentation to the Minister of Education.

Chairman of the Union, Haruna Aliyu, told the Vice Chancellor and the management staff of the university that they were forced to embark on a three-day national protest as demanded by the National Executive Council of the union for government’s failure to honour the agreement it signed with the union.

“Part of our demands is that we had a three-month indefinite strike for disproportionate payment of earned allowances in March last year and the government promised to pay N8 billion to our members within five weeks. Up till now, the government has not redeemed its pledge. Also, our members teaching in the staff schools have not been re-instated despite the Industrial Court’s judgement in our favour. If after this national strike the government fails to listen to us, then we will take the next line of action,” Haruna Aliyu said.

The Vice Chancellor, Yahuza Bello commended the union for a peaceful protest and added that the letter would be channelled to the Minister of Education through the National Universities Commission (NUC).