The Non-Academic Staff of Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, has shut the University gate over the indefinite strike.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NASU and SSANU on Monday under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) embarked on nationwide strike on Feb. 5, to compel the Federal Government to address their demands.
NAN reports that the strike would affect the ongoing examination because LASU students were still writing their first-semester examination.
Mr Saheed Oseni, Chairman, SSANU, LASU Chapter, said that they were following the directive of their Joint Action Committee (JAC) to demand their rights.
Oseni said that in LASU they are demanding the payment of their earned allowance, outstanding arrears of minimum wage and the rightful position of Non-academic staff of the University.
“Unions leaders locked the institution’s gate because our members are the security officials at the gate and we are asking for our legitimate rights,’’ he said.
Mr Moruf Sanni, Chairman, NASU, LASU chapter, said that they had no choice but to comply fully with the directives of their national body since the state would not do the needful.
Sanni said that in the last meeting they had with the Lagos State government, they were told the minimum wage arrears would be paid on monthly basis but the congress rejected the offer immediately.
“The congress is demanding for full payment of the arrears at once and if the government can do the needful, the strike will be in solidarity with the national body.
“We also noticed that the state government is not sincere with us because they had been promising the payment since 2020,’’he said.
President of Lagos State University Students’ Union Government (LASU- SUG), AbdulBasit Ashade said that all the students were not happy because the strike would affect their ongoing first-semester examination.
Ashade said that they would continue to appeal to the union leaders, LASU management and Lagos State government.
Dr Tajudeen Olumokun, Director of Student Affair, LASU addressed the students on the ongoing strike, postponed examination and the new date to be fixed.
Olumokun said that they would get back to the students through different platforms and asked every student to go home.
Mr Ademola Adekoya, the institution’s Head of Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations said that NASU and SSANU’s indefinite strike was beyond LASU management capability because it had to do with the state government.
Adekoya said that the management was not happy with the union for locking the institution’s gate but they would continue to dialogue with the union