SSANU Rejects FG’s Move To Privatize Varsity Staff Primary Schools

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) yesterday staged a peaceful protest against moves by the Federal Government to stop payment of salaries of teachers of University Demonstration Primary Schools (UDPS).

The National Vice-President of the Union, Eastern region, Dr. Leku Ador, during the protest march at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) campus in Choba, said the members would resist any move to actualize the plan. He pointed out that the move by the federal agencies to stop funding of the schools would result in hike in school fees and sack of teachers.

In another development, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has dismissed allegations by SSANU that the Commission was behind attempts to remove university staff primary schools from the payroll of universities. 

NUC’s Director, Information and Public Relations, Ibrahim Yakasai, who reacted to the allegation yesterday in Abuja, accused SSANU of deliberately distorting the facts and misleading the public on the true position of the university staff primary schools.

University workers under the aegis of SSANU, on Thursday, demanded the immediate sack of the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, for allegedly orchestrating the move. The workers insisted that the schools were part of the University structure and cannot be tampered with.

SSANU’s National Vice-President, Eastern region, Ador called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the matter by directing the Federal Ministry of Education to withdraw its recent circular directing Vice-Chancellors of Federal universities to stop accommodating UDPS teachers in universities emolument structure. 

He said that failure to do so would force the union’s National Executive Committee to convene a meeting that might lead to total withdrawal of their services from tertiary institutions.

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