Striking non-teaching staff in universities have urged the Federal Government to release N30 billion to three unions as a pre-condition to end the action.
The unions under the auspices of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and National Association of Academic Technologists embarked on another industrial action due to government inability to meet up with the agreement reached with them.
Addressing reporters at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) yesterday, SSANU National Vice President Alfred Jimoh said if the government release the N30 billion, it would be added to the N4.6 billion shared among the three non-teaching staff.
Jimoh said: “Government should release more funds to take care of the arrears of the Earned Allowance of the three non-teaching staff of the Nigerian universities and to commence the immediate implementation of the allowances to forestall further accumulation of the arrears.”
SANU chief, who accused the government of using divide and rule system among the universities’ workers, declared that the ongoing strike would be total until their demands are met.
He noted that the unions regretted the strike following its effects on parents and the varsities’ students, but they (unions) had no option but to go on strike.