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SSANU Threatens Nationwide Strike Over Non-Payment Of Hazard

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), on Sunday threatened to embark on an indefinite if by the end of this month the Federal Government fails to make definite pronouncement on the payment of Hazard Allowance as contained in the 2009 Agreement it entered into with the association.

The President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke at the Western Zonal Executive Council Meeting held at the Conference

Centrein Ibadan said that the implementation of that aspect of the agreement by the FG had remained contentious since 2009.

Ugwoke, who was represented by his Deputy, Emmanuel Bankole disclosed that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the association had mandated the National Administrative Council not to wait a minute longer to declare strike in case of failure to act within the

stipulated time.

He therefore enjoined members to be at alert and act accordingly as soon as the strike whistle is blown, stressing that the government had been given enough long

rope to pull and nobody should blame them for declaring strike if they should.

He said that the Vice- President (West) who is also the Zonal Chairman, Alfred Jimoh had told the gathering from

across the six states of Oyo, Ogun, Ondo , Osun, Ekiti and Lagos in the zone that there was no way the government

could halt the payment of the allowance again having come this far.

He explained that the government had agreed in principle to pay the money, but was only waiting to determine which

mode of payment to adopt over which both the government and the association’s representatives had met and agreed to meet finally on it on the 16th of this month.

Unfortunately, the zonal leader said the meeting could not hold because it was the period the State of Emergency in the three Northern States of Adamawa , Borno and Yobe was declared by President Goodluck Jonathan and the

security situation in the nation’s capital was too sensitive for any meeting then. While pleading for patience on the part of members, he assured that the

National body of the association would not allow the government to rest until it implements the agreement which he described as overdue and expired.

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