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Nigerian govt reaches agreement with SSANU, NASU





The Nigerian government has reached an agreement with the Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologist, NAAT.

SSANU President, Samson Ugwoke, disclosed this on Thursday.

“The three-page agreement was signed and endorsed by all of us; We are taking our document and we will make our pronouncement soon,” he said.

In his remark, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said both parties had reached a consensus which would be passed to the union executive members for deliberation.

“Based on this conclusion, we all agreed that the JAC will consult its organ with a view to calling off the strike as soon as possible,” he said.

None of the parties disclosed details of the agreement.

Meanwhile, the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has declared a nationwide indefinite strike with effect from Thursday.

Chairman of the Union, Mr. Biobelemoye Josiah who made the disclosure during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, said the strike will become effective on Thursday, September 21.

Josiah recalled that the Union had issued another seven-day ultimatum on Thursday, September 14, 2017, to again draw the attention of the government to their demands but nothing meaningful was achieved with the ultimatum.

His words, “This lackadaisical attitude of the government has necessitated the resolve of JOHESU to call out all our members nationwide to withdraw their services and stay at home with effect from midnight of today (Wednesday) even after waiting patiently until this hour on the approval for adjustments of CONHESS. However, rallies and meetings should be held at all hospital premises every other day.

“We once again appeal to FG to tow the oath of honour and implement all agreements, memorandum of understanding, and courts judgments, while we urge our members at the tertiary health level to make the strike total, and comprehensive.

“In the event that no appreciable response is received from the government within 15 days of commencement of the strike by the Federal Tertiary Health Institutions, all our members in the states, and local governments nationwide are directed to join the action by September 28,” Josiah said.

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