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SSANU demands disbandment of Briggs committee

By Ibrahim Obansa, Lokoja
29 July 2022   |   4:01 am
Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has called on the Federal Government to immediately disband the Nimi Briggs committee for partiality in its recommendations for the resolution of the face-off between the government and university workers.

Rejects 10% salary increment for members
Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has called on the Federal Government to immediately disband the Nimi Briggs committee for partiality in its recommendations for the resolution of the face-off between the government and university workers.

The association also urged the Federal government to consider the inclusion of retired judges, bursars, registrars and labour leaders as members of such sensitive committees in future.

Addressing newsmen at the Adankoko campus of the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL), yesterday, the Chairman of SSANU, Adedeji Suarau, berated the committee for recommending a paltry percentage increase in their salaries and recommended 108 to 180 per cent increase in that of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

He stressed that the paltry increment caused SSANU and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) industrial action that began on April 28, 2022 to bring the Federal Government back to the negotiation table.

According to him, SSANU’s demands include renegotiation of the agreement by the government, SSANU and NASU in 2009, replacement of inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) payment with University Peculiar Payroll Payment System (U3PS), and improved funding for the universities.

Others are implementation of earned allowances and stoppage of usurpation of headship positions of non-teaching jobs by the academic staff, among other demands.

The union noted with regret that while the Prof. Muzamil Jubril committee spent one year to re-negotiate the 2009 agreement, it did not meet SSANU members. It added that while the Briggs committee attended to ASUU for upward of 10 times, it found it convenient to meet SSANU only twice.

His words: “The committee made it clear to SSANU that it was not empowered to re-negotiate salary increment. We were dumbfounded to read in the media about the Briggs committee’s wide differential proposal for salary review for university staff with a disparity of teaching staff taking between 108 and 180 per cent and an unreadable 10 per cent for their non-teaching counterparts.”

He noted that the Briggs committee was not conscious of the fact that both teaching and non-teaching staff had the same certificates and patronised the same market.

The union leader described the 10 per cent increase in their salary as unacceptable and inhuman.

“We will explore all means at our disposal to ensure that justice is served,” he maintained.

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