Striking members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Nonacademic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT), under the umbrella of non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities, have threatened to disrupt the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), expected to commence today throughout the country. Chairman, Joint Action Committee (JAC), NonTeaching Staff of the Nigerian Universities, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, told newsmen in after a meeting with principal officers of the unions that the examination would not take place in any university, since their members were on strike.
nvThe non-teaching staff of Nigerian Universities is made of the Non Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT).
Recall that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige, had held a conciliatory meeting with the union leaders on Tuesday, urging the unions to call-off the strike, but the plea had fallen on deaf ears with the union’s treats. Ugwoke said that the threat became necessary in view of federal government’s refusal to implement the agreement it entered with the unions. “Since our strike continues, JAC has decided that no activities will take place in the universities.
“This is because if we are on strike and you expect our members to come and supervise JAMB or come to operate their machines like the computers, that mean we are breaking the strike already. “JAC has also decided that to withdraw their assistance. They would not go to work.
So all I know is that as long as we are on strike, JAC has decided that there will be no exam. “Our members will not participate and they will make sure that the exam does not hold in the universities. That is the position of JAC, ‘’ he said. Ugwoke also called on the federal government to do the needful for the strike to end.