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Crisis looms, SSANU to shutdown varsities March 18

SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim | Image: Channelstv

‘Shutting down the university is clearly beyond how it will affect the students because it’s everybody; there will be no electricity, there will be no water, there will be no security, there will be no hostels for students, and there will be no administration.’

By Valentine Amanze

Crisis looms in the government-owned universities, as Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has threatened to shutdown hostels and power supply in universities across the country over government’s unfulfilled promises.

The association said that it would kick-start the crisis if the government fails to meet its demands before Monday, March 18, 2024.

SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim, who disclosed the agenda on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Monday, lamented that his members including vice chancellors, registrars and bursars had not been paid 2022 arrears.

His words: “To surprise you, even Vice Chancellors are involved in this because VCs have not been paid, registrars have not been paid, bursars have not been paid.”

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He further revealed that some universities are currently holding their semesters’ association but “it’s quite unfortunate that we have to take this painful decision. Some of us also have out children in these schools but when we strike, everything is grounded”.

“Shutting down the university is clearly beyond how it will affect the students because it’s everybody; there will be no electricity, there will be no water, there will be no security, there will be no hostels for students, and there will be no administration,” he stated.

The SSANU leader berated the Federal Government for paying withheld salaries to the Academic Staff Union of Universities  (ASUU) while neglecting other unions like SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

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