SSANU, NASU Cut UNILAG’s Power And Water Supply As A Strike Begins

SSANU, NASU Cut UNILAG's Power And Water Supply As A Strike Begins
SSANU, NASU Cut UNILAG’s Power And Water Supply As A Strike Begins

Following the start of a two-week strike, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter have shut down electricity and water supply to the university.

The Academic Staff Union (ASUU) joined the strike action on March 27 at midnight, crippling both academic and administrative functions at the university.

According to the unions, the decision to go on strike was prompted by the government’s casual attitude toward their demands.

Chairman of SSANU, Comrade Showunmi Olushola, popularly known as Eko 4 Show, spoke to Union members in front of the UNILAG Senate building, decrying the government’s failure to review salaries and implement promotion arrears, as well as the non-payment and in some cases haphazard payment of retiree benefits, among other things.

He also slammed the Integrated Payment Personnel System (IPPIS) for discrepancies, claiming that the problems it causes are still present.

Following the congress, union members assaulted the Akoka Electricity Transmission Station’s service region, cutting off electricity and water to the institution.

Nothing will operate on campus, claimed Comrade Olushola, who was accompanied by his NASU counterpart, Comrade Aderibigbe Ayooluwa, because all offices are supposed to be under lock and key.

“No service is needed at this time, stay off campus, no concession under any form,” he said, directing members of both unions to stay at home during the strike.

The union leaders also told all security guards and drivers to join the strike and stay at home while the union went from office to office, dismissing those who had returned to work.

They emphasized that if the government does not reply by the end of the two weeks, they will go on a total strike.

ASUU began a four-week warning strike on February 14 in response to the government’s inability to heed its demands.

The strike was prolonged for another eight weeks at the completion of the four-week period. Last Thursday, the National Association of Technologists began its own two-week warning strike.

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