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Release N8bn agreed with varsity unions, NAAT tells FG

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Release N8bn agreed with varsity unions, NAAT tells FG

The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), has threatened to resume its suspended strike, unless the Federal Government release the N8 billion agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for payment of Earned Allowances, which was signed with the unions.

In a communique issued at the end of its Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Zaria, Kaduna state, the union frowned at what it described as government’s usual attitude of not honouring agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) it signs with labour unions.

The communique which was signed by NAAT President Comrade Sani Suleiman and General Secretary, Comrade Hamilton Iyoyo, faulted government for always using the signing of agreements as a convenient tool to end workers strike action even if temporary, only to renege on its side of the bargain.

The union noted that the terms of agreement reached in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for payment of Earned Allowances of N8 billion, was what led to the suspension of its 5 weeks strike.

“A case in point is the recent MOU which FGN signed with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) Unions of NAAT, NASU and SSANU that led to suspension of the strike action embarked upon by the unions on 15th March, 2018.

We are well over the five (5) weeks agreed upon in the MOU which was signed on 8/03/2018, and nothing has come out from government by way of implementation on all the issues.

This insensitivity has remained the primary cause of instability in the University System. “NAAT hereby advises FGN to always honour agreements and ensure effective communication to forestall the cycles of strike action. In particular, Government is hereby urged to release the N8 Billion agreed in the said MOU for payment of Earned Allowances, because the unions are already restive over the delay – and may resume the suspended strike action at any moment,” the communique read in part.

NAAT also noted that the decay in the education sector as evident in the lack of quality graduates from the various levels of educational institutions, was due to poor funding by government.

It stated that the deterioration affects several aspects including lack of adequate infrastructure for teaching and learning, such as workshop, laboratory and studio facilities, stressing that this has contributed largely to the unemployable status of graduates from the various institutions, including universities.

They urged government to ensure adequate funding of the Education Sector, by mobilizing stakeholders and utilizing all necessary machinery at its disposal. t further expressed concern over the current level of insecurity in the country manifesting as incessant killings and destruction of properties almost on a daily basis.

“A number of states notably Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Plateau among others are often in the news with reports of killings allegedly by herdsmen, bandits and the like. The situation is apparently overwhelming the security forces but this has to stop,” the communique stated.

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