ABUJA – The warning strike embarked upon by the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU) may have yielded some results as the federal government has given a directive that all affected staff salaries be mainstreamed into the payroll system immediately.
Beyond this, the government has agreed that the budgetary framework is harmonised in the 2020 appropriations Act, to effect smooth implementation.
National Vice President and Zonal Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Northern Zone, Comrade Solomon Alfa revealed this during a chat with Labour correspondents on Friday in Abuja.
He explained that the directive was sequel to a 2016 judgement of the National Industrial Court compelling the government to pay the liabilities in accordance with the Labour Act.
In a circular dated 20th August 2019 addressed to the Vice-Chancellor and signed by a Director in the Executive Secretary’s office, Chris Maiyaki, the National Universities Commission (NUC) directs the VC to liaise with the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the release of funds for the payment of arrears of salaries of the affected workers.