Security men stopped from work as JAC grinds UNIMAID to halt

Photo: Chairmen of SSANU, NASU and NAAT, UNIMAID chapter


The monitoring team of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU; and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, under the aegis of Joint Action Committee, JAC, University of Maiduguri chapter, following a nationwide strike declared by its national body shut down the institution.

The joint committee has maintained a constant monitoring in the institution to ensure that none of its members is on seat.

According to Comrade Abubakar S. Biye, the public relations officer of the joint committee who doubles as NASU secretary, 'it is a directive from the national body and will be fully adhered to without compromise'.

Alh. Ardo Isa, JAC chairman UNIMAID chapter said 'the unions are agitating for funding of the universities' adding that despite the 'agreement entered with the federal government in respect to our earned allowances and memorandum of understanding signed January this year, nothing is forthcoming'.

On this note Ardo said the union will not allow any of its workers to work, including those on essential duty such as security men.

'We are not going to allow any body to work, including the security men, you can see around there is no security in the campus, no light, no water, we crippled and paralysed everything' he said.

Regarding the security men, the chairman said only private securities from companies not on the payroll of the universities are allowed to operate.

This is in spite of the security concern in the institution where suicide bombers have until recently resorted to attacking.

Responding to questions concerns the industrial action of the joint committee may further stall the negotiation between Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) and the government which is already yielding positive results, Ardo brushed it aside, noting that 'you cannot entertain one of your children and leave the rest, you can't select one and leave others to suffer.'

Comr Abubakar further calls on the government to settle the matter once and for all: 'in the interest of peace let them pay all our entitlements so that students can resume'.

'If the federal government fail to comply, we will remain at home but we are optimistic that it will yield a positive result' he added.

The national body will be meeting the federal government tomorrow Thursday, September 14 to commence talks.