Following the threat by the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) to proceed on industrial action over unresolved issues with the Federal Government, the National Association of Non-Teaching Staff of Nigerian Universities (NANTS) has distanced itself from the planned warning strike.
SSANU and NASU had on Friday threatened to embark on a warning strike next Monday to press home their demands.
But in a statement by the National President of NANTS, Comrade Niyi Akinnibi, on Saturday dissociated the union from the planned strike, saying the purported warning strike is meant for members of SSANU across the country and not NANTS.
Akinnibi said “the attentions of the National Secretariat of the National Association of Non-Teaching Staff of Nigerian Universities (NANTS) has been drawn to the purported strike notice issued by Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU and the Non-Academic Union of Educational and Associated Institutions NASU dated 28th September 2020.
The National Secretariat of the National Association of Non-Teaching Staff of Nigerian Universities (NANTS) wishes to use this medium to inform our esteemed members, the government and the general public that the purported warning strike is meant for the members Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU in the country”
Akinnibi who acknowledged some challenges confronting the union said NASU cannot represent the interest of the NANTS noting the leadership of NASU is a separate union.
He said “even though it is undeniable that we are having myriads of challenges bedevilling us in our university system and as such we readily acknowledged and adopted all the issues raised against the government by SSANU as our issues.
“That NASU cannot effectively represent our interest before the government because the leadership of NASU are not part of us in our university system hence they do not know anything about us, our challenges and do not understand the system better than us, the workers in the system”