Research Workers Set to Down Tools over N9bn Arrears

By Dele Ogbodo

Striking workers from various research and innovation institutes on Monday converged in Abuja to further strategize to finally down tools

over non payment of N9 billion arrears owed them by federal government since 2010.

The workers comprised of the Non Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIA) and the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI), have since down tools to press government for implementation of signed agreement.

The Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Peters Adeyemi, who addressed the workers briefly accused government of not living up its commitment and addressing the issue at hand.

He said the national leadership of the Joint Research and Allied Institutions Staff Union (JORAISU), has held 33 meetings with federal government and one with the House of Representatives Committee On Agriculture, College and Institutions within the last 7 years.

He explained that government's lip service to research sector showed lack of understanding to use the sector pull Nigeria out of its present state of underdevelopment.

He however appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to take a proactive step by looking at the memo and grant the approval to the memo when presented to him with a view to ending the ongoing strike in the research and allied institutions. 

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