The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Association of Senior Executives of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Allied and Educational Institutions Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) Chapter have closed electricity and water supply to the university, after the start of a two-week industrial action.
The strike began at midnight on Sunday March 27, joining the Academic Staff Union (ASUU) in paralyzing academic and administrative activities at the university.
The decision to go on strike, according to the unions, follows the nonchalant attitude of the government towards their demands.
Addressing Union members outside the UNILAG Senate Building, SSANU Chairman Comrade Showunmi Olushola popularly known as Eko 4 Show denounced the government’s inability to review salaries and implement promotion arrears as well as non-payment and, in some cases, random payment of retiree benefits, among others.
He also condemned the inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel Payment System (IPPIS), saying the resulting issues remain unaffected.
After the convention, union members stormed the service area housing the Akoka electricity transmission station to cut off electricity and water supplies to the university.
Comrade Olushola, who was in the company of his NASU counterpart, Comrade Aderibigbe Ayooluwa, said that with the shutdown, nothing will work on campus as all offices should be under lock and key.
He ordered members of both unions to stay home for the duration of the strike, saying, “No services essential at this time, stay off campus, no concessions under any circumstances.”
Union leaders further ordered all security guards and drivers to comply with the strike and stay home while the union moved from office to office, dismissing its members who had returned to work.
They stressed that if at the end of the two weeks the government did not respond, they would call an all-out strike.
The ASUU had, on February 14, started a four-week warning strike following the government’s inability to meet their demands.
At the end of the four weeks, the strike was extended for another eight weeks. The National Association of Technologists also began its own two-week warning strike last week.