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Nigerian Universities: SSANU and NASU May Get Half Withheld Salaries – Mamman

There’s a potential resolution for the withheld salaries of university non-teaching staff in Nigeria. The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, announced plans to partially compensate members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

This news comes after months of disputes arising from an eight-month strike by university unions in 2022. While the unions demanded better welfare packages, the government implemented a “No Work, No Pay” policy. In October 2023, President Bola Tinubu approved the release of four months of withheld salaries, but only for academic staff (represented by ASUU).

This move sparked accusations of discrimination from SSANU and NASU. Minister Mamman addressed these concerns, clarifying that the decision to compensate ASUU was discretionary and not automatic for other unions. He emphasized the government’s efforts to find a solution for SSANU and NASU, acknowledging communication challenges that may have contributed to the initial exclusion.

Half of the withheld salaries, mirroring the approach taken with ASUU (assuming presidential approval).

Unconfirmed. Minister Mamman avoided providing a specific date but assured the government is actively working on the issue.

The non-academic staff reportedly did not strike for the full eight months like their academic counterparts.

While details are still pending presidential approval, this update offers hope for SSANU and NASU members seeking compensation for lost wages. The government’s commitment to address the issue and the potential for a half-salary payment represent a step towards resolving the dispute.

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