. . . embarks On warning protest
By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Branch today embarked on a warning protest against what they described as the inability of the Federal Government of Nigeria to honour the 2009 FGN/Unions agreement as well as non-release of N8B (Eight billion Naira) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached with the non-teaching staff Unions.
The protesters who marched from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University's Central Utility Building to the main gate of the university were seen wielding placards of various inscriptions, like, "Enough is enough, "FGN pay us our minimum wage" University management stop the marginalization of the teaching staff" "FGN honour court judgment" "FGN disburse our 8billion Now!!!, "Impunity must stop" "No Retreat No Surrender " "SSANU demands for Social Justice" "FGN give education priority" "Govt reinstate University Staff School Workers" "We say no to marginalization" Impunity brings anarchy", among others.
Addressing newsmen in Awka the SSANU chairperson, Unizik chapter, Comrade Njideka Nwangwu said they were on warning protest, noting that they would follow it up with more serious action.
Comrade Nwangwu who said that they were in the third day of the warning protest, noting that the protest started since on Monday this week across the country. Nwangwu said the government had refused to honour a court judgment the Union obtained against it.
She expressed sadness over the turn-out of event, noting that they were out to demand for their due entitlements, adding that the federal government of Nigeria was insensitive to their plights
She accused the university management of marginalization and discrimination and called for immediate change of attitude.
The Union leader called for immediate reinstatement of the university staff school workers, emphasizing that the affected were unjustly and unlawfully disengaged.