The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities on Friday urged the Federal Government to include non-academics in any committee set up to proffer solutions to challenges of Nigerian tertiary institutions.
The Chairman, SSANU, Lagos State University chapter, Saheed Oseni, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Oseni said it was unfortunate that over the years, committees set up by the federal government to proffer solutions to the problem of industrial disharmony bedeviling Nigerian universities had always consisted of only academics too
He appealed that any committee to be set up to look into the present strike by non-teaching staff of universities should include senior non-academic staff of universities, who are professional administrators.
According to him, this is necessary to proffer a workable solution to issues of incessant strike and other challenges bedeviling the nation’s universities
The SSANU chairman made the plea on the backdrop of an on-going strike by the three non-academic staff unions of Nigeria Universities under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee.
The affected unions are: SSANU, the Non-academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions and the National Association of Academic Technologists.
The indefinite strike commenced on December 5, 2017.
The non-teaching staff had earlier gone on a “comprehensive and indefinite strike” action on September 11 and suspended the strike on September 21 after an agreement with the federal government.
The SSANU chairman said that the university is a universal system and no segment of it can be relegated, because all segments complemented one another.