The education sector in Nigeria appears to be in shambles as all major non-teaching staff unions of public universities in Nigeria have agreed to join the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to declare an indefinite strike from Monday, 11th September 2017.
The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) made this announcement via the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions.
Chairman of the JAC and SSANU president, Samson Ugwoke during a press conference on Wednesday stated that the strike would be a total, indefinite and comprehensive just like the one declared by ASUU.
According to Ugwoke, during the strike, there shall be no provision of services no matter how small. Concessions will also not be granted and all members of the unions are expected to stay at home until further notice.
"During the strike, there shall be no provision of services, no matter how skeletal. Concessions shall not be granted while all our members are to stay at home till further notice, unless as directed by JAC through their respective presidents".
Meanwhile, the Federal Government (FG) and ASUU are set to meet on Thursday, 7th September 2017 to resolve the current issues between both parties and hopefully end the industrial action.
On August 14, ASUU declared a total, indefinite and comprehensive strike following the FG's failure to adhere to the 2013 MoU as well as the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement. [Read here if you missed it]