Members of the non-academic staff in the University of Ibadan have commenced an indefinite strike following the instruction of non-academic unions. The bodies are protesting illegal deductions of pensions and shortfall in the payment of salaries by the management of the University and the Federal Government.
This was announced on Monday by the leadership of a joint congress headed by Wale Akinremi of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Caleb Falaye of the National Association of Academic Technicians (NAAT) and O. A Arojo of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), after the demands of the unions were not met by the University’s management. SSANU, NAAT and NASU had earlier given the University a grace period till 10th March to address the issues. While the Vice Chancellor of UI, Professor Idowu Olayinka had earlier written to the bodies that he is concerned about the welfare of staff and his administration has nothing to hide.
The non-academic staff want the following issues to be addressed; non-payment of promotion arrears, illegal pension deductions, constitution of independent and credible staff audit exercise and investigation into the internally generated revenue and its mode of expenditure, before ending the indefinite strike.