Unity schools Embark on indefinite strike

Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has directed its members in 104 Federal Unity Colleges across the country to commence an indefinite strike action with effect from Monday, September 22 over the non-payment of their arrears and entitlement estimated at N1.8bn.

A statement released on Friday in Abuja by the Secretary-General of ASCSN, Alade Lawal, said also involved in the strike were Education Officers in the Federal Ministry of Education and Inspectorate Departments.

“Since the management of the Federal Ministry of Education has refused to pay the outstanding salaries and allowances, the teeming members of the union in the Ministry of Education, including those in the 104 Federal Unity Colleges, will embark on an indefinite strike till the outstanding salaries, promotion arrears, and other entitlements are paid in full,” the statement read.

The group therefore called on all strategic stakeholders, such as royal fathers, religious leaders, civil society groups, parents and guardians, old students groups of the Federal Unity Colleges and eminent citizens to prevail on the Federal Government to pay all the outstanding salaries and allowances including promotion arrears instead of diverting attention by calling on the union to call off the strike action.

Lawal said the decision followed the failure of the Federal Government to pay the members their outstanding salaries and promotion arrears as well as other entitlements amounting to about N1.8bn.

He stated that the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Education as well as the Inspectorate Departments of the Ministry throughout the country would also be under lock and keys from Monday.

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