Members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, have warned the federal government not to go ahead with its decision to privatise universities’ staff schools.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos yesterday, SSANU national vice president (South-West zone), Alfred Jimoh threatened that the association would embark on a nationwide strike if the federal government stopped funding the schools.
He said the association, which had in June carried out a peaceful protest over the issue, was in the custody of circular on the plan to privatise the schools.
Jimoh said the memo from the Federal Ministry of Education directed the vice-chancellors of federal universities to stop accommodating teachers of staff schools in their salary structure.
According to him, “SSANU, on receiving the circular, expressed dissatisfaction with the development by threatening to withdraw their services should government go ahead with its plan to stop funding staff schools.”
He warned that the planned strike would not only affect students and the education sector, but would also question the current administration’s promise of creating jobs for Nigerians.
Jimoh said: “In spite of appeals from concerned stakeholders, the government seemed resolute on going ahead with the planned privatisation.
“Ever since we called on government to review its stand on the issue, nothing seems to have been done on that because we have not received any feedback.
“Government seems to be going about it in an underground manner.
“But we are just watching because we shall resist any attempt by the government to carry out its plan if it goes ahead with it.
“On our part, the National Executive Committee of SSANU will meet over the issue from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28 at the University of Jos for the next line of action,” he stated.

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