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Withheld salary: SSANU, NASU to receive half pay - FG

Withheld salary: SSANU, NASU to receive half pay - FG

Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, has announced that members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union will receive half of their withheld salaries pending President Bola Tinubu's approval of salary arrears payment.

Mamman revealed this during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, noting that non-academic staff members of universities were not on strike for the same period in 2022 as their academic counterparts.

He emphasized the government's commitment to securing relief for them.

Asked what has delayed the payment to NASU and SSANU members, Mamman said, “No, it has not been approved.

“There is a court judgement on no work, no pay. ASUU getting four months’ pay was actually a discretion and decision on the part of the President. So, it doesn’t automatically transfer (to NASU and SSANU) but the matter is under consideration.”

“I don’t think it is safe to put a time on it but it’s safer to say that we are on it and we are pushing.

“And in any case, the non-academic staff, they were not on strike for the same period with the academic staff — about four months or so. So, if they are getting payment, it is going to be half of that (payment), if the President will follow his precedent with the academic staff.”

Ohe claim of discrimination by NASU and SSANU, Mamman said, “That cannot be right, there is no rating. These are people working in the same terrain, they are doing different things but all working towards the same goal.

“I believe what happened was a communication problem initially, it wasn’t deliberate to exclude them from that benefit.”

In March, SSANU and NASU members engaged in a one-week warning strike to protest their withheld salaries by the Federal Government.

The two unions berated the Federal Government for paying withheld salaries to the Academic Staff Union of Universities while neglecting the non-academic unions.

All the unions had staged an eight-month strike in 2022 to make their demands known including a better welfare package.

The administration of then President Muhammadu Buhari subsequently invoked a ‘No Work, No Pay policy’ against the unions but President Bola Tinubu last October approved the release of four of the eight months withheld salaries.

SSANU and NASU accused the Federal Government of unfair treatment and discrimination by failing to pay them like their academic counterparts. 

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