Unions urge FG to recall 58 sacked lecturers

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ABUJA – The Federal Government has been urged to recall the 58 sacked lecturers of Usmanu Danfodiyo , Sokoto.
The Joint Action Committee of the non-teaching staff in tertiary institutions in Nigeria made the appeal on Thursday.
Mr Samson Ugwoke, spokesperson of the committee and President of the Senior Staff of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), made the appeal at a news conference in Abuja.
He said the 58 lecturers were sacked their benefits forcefully paid into their accounts while the case was still in court.
Ugwoke said the immediate past Vice- Chancellor of the had only four months to leave when he sacked the lecturers.
According to him, all efforts by the unions, through letters and visits to the VC, were to no avail.
Ugwoke also named Abia : “our members have gone to court over the staff school issue.
“We are worried that the NUC in concert vice-chancellors, in some , have either sacked or threatened to sack the teachers/non-teaching staff who are our members and bona fide universities’ staff, without recourse to our union or renegotiation.
“We have written several letters on this, copies are attached, and also met severally government functionaries on this, to no avail. Only promises.
“Our prayer is that non-teaching agreement on staff school should be respected”, he said.
Ugwoke said in the agreement signed by the three unions, it was stipulated that government, through the universities’ councils, should fully fund university schools.
He said the universities should, without recourse to government for funding, provide infrastructure for the secondary schools
It will be recalled that the National Universities Commission (NUC) in a circular, stated that the federal government will stop the funding of university demonstration staff schools
Ugwoke, however, urged NUC to immediately withdraw its circular “which had caused the avoidable crisis.’’
He also called on the federal government to complete the payment of the earned allowances of the non-teaching staff union the 2009 agreement.
“Our members are agitated over the non-payment of the negotiated and agreed earned allowances particularly when the first tranche was paid but not continued without reason.’’
Ugwoke called on government to urgently constitute a re-negotiation team for the said agreement.
He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for facilitating an enabling environment for the just-concluded general election.
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He also commended the president-elect, Maj-Gen Muhammadu , for his .
The Joint Action Committee comprises National of Academic Technologists, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, and the Senior Staff of Nigerian Universities.
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