SSANU Decries Withheld Salaries,Says 'We've Not Been Given A Dime'

Ibrahim said that the present administration has chosen to pay only the ASUU members the salaries that had been withheld.

Mohammed Ibrahim, President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), said the union has not yet received the four months' worth of salary that has been withheld.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu had ordered that the salary that the previous government failed to pay the public university workers due to their protracted strike in 2022 be paid.

Speaking in a Channels TV interview ''Politics Today'' on Sunday, Ibrahim said that the present administration has chosen to pay only the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members the salaries that had been withheld.

He said, his ASUU colleagues had received theirs, while NASU and SSANU are being ignored.

The remaining union members have been waiting patiently, but their patience is wearing out. An agreement was struck, and part of it said that no one should suffer for participating in the strike and that pay should not be withheld, but they are yet to be paid.

Earlier, the SSANU Leader said that the government was treating union members with "disdain."

He went on to say, that none of the union members desire to strike, but they've reached their breaking point. Everyone is suffering because of the bad state of the economy.

Since most of the universities are situated further outside of the urban areas, daily commuting is required of our members. It is evident that members are suffering since fuel is unavailable, food is in short supply, and medical attention is unachievable.

He said: “We have to speak like this because we have been clearly shown that we do not matter in the system. But we all know that there is no university that can function without the non-teaching staff because we are majorly populated by professionals. We own the engine of the administration of every university.

“They are treating this segment of staff with some disdain. It does not speak good of the system.”

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