By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The nationwide strike by Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non-Teaching Staff Unions of Universities did not affect academics and other activities at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.
The Leadership of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non-teaching Staff Unions of Universities had commenced a nationwide strike on February 5.
Comrade Iliyasu Bello, Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) ABU Chapter who disclosed this to newsmen in Zaria that the strike was ineffective at chapter due to a rift with the national body.
According to him, SSANU ABU was not in strike because there was rift in SSANU ABU Zaria which was externally driven by the national body.
“The national body of the union has proscribed the chapter in ABU.
“The Chapter made several attempts to reconcile but it did not work, therefore were left with no option than to go to court, and the matter was presently pending before the National Industrial Court, Abuja.”
He said this is the major reason why SSANU members in ABU were not on strike and the management of ABU was happy with that.
Comrade Bello said, ABU Chapter was not the only branch that has the challenge with the national body with the former national president stressing that the other branches are University of Abuja, University of Calabar among others.
He noted that there was change of leadership at the national body, the present National Chairman of the Association comes on board in November 2020.
“ Unfortunately, the new Chairman assumed office at the peak of this crisis and we have commenced discussions with the national chairman towards amicable settlement of our differences”.
The Chairman said machineries have been put in place to facilitate the reconciliation of the parties the SSANU ABU and the National Body would be done in no time.
While observing that students at the various campuses of the University were seen observing their normal academic activities.
Some Undergraduate students who spoke to our correspondent said normal lectures had commence since resumption from ASUU strike in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
It would be recalled that the unions are on strike over the issues of government’s handling the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, sharing formula of the N40bn earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage among others.