Fresh crisis hits Nigeria’s education sector as NAAT begins 14-day warning strike on Monday

A new industrial crisis is hitting the education sector in Nigeria as the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has ordered its members to begin a two-week warning strike effective Monday 21 2022.

The union alleged that the federal government’s refusal to implement a reached agreement was the reason for the industrial action. NAAT also ordered its members to close all laboratories, workshops, studios and farms during the period of the warning strike.

The union noted that the strike decision was made after a virtual meeting of the National Executive Board in which 97.8% of its locals voted in favor of a strike.

Furthermore, NAAT accused the government of failing to honor the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with its members despite a series of letters written to the government without response.

In a statement signed by NAAT President Ibeji Nwokoma, the association ordered its members in all branches to begin the two-week warning strike which will end on April 5.

Furthermore, in another letter addressed to its branches and signed by its General Secretary, Abubakar Yusuf, NAAT said, “Following the resolution of the virtual emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held today Thursday 17 March 2022, and based on the results of the referendum which forty-seven (47) sections participated in. Forty-six (46) sections voted in favor while one (1) section voted against NAAT launching into a two (2) week warning strike.

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“These figures represent 97.8% and 2.2% respectively. After the meeting, five (5) Branches submitted their results by other electronic means due to their inability to join the virtual CEN meeting due to technical issues. However, the result shows that four (4) locals voted in favor of a strike while one (1) voted against.

“In view of the foregoing, the NEC in session has resolved and ordered all NAAT members to proceed with a two (2) week warning strike commencing at midnight on Monday, March 21, 2012, due to the failure of the Federal Government (FG) to respond to NAAT’s grievances contained in its letter previously sent to FG in a 14-day ultimatum dated February 25, 2022.

“During this period, all laboratories, workshops, studios and research centers will remain closed, while agricultural and field activities will be suspended.

“In the meantime, the branches are also invited to hold conventions on Monday, March 21, 2022, in the morning, to declare the start of the warning strike in their respective branches.

“In addition, the branches are instructed to form monitoring teams to ensure compliance with and enforcement of the warning strike.”

Recall that the National Association of University Technologists and the Joint Action Committee of the Union of Non-Academic Staff of Educational Institutions and Associates (NASU) and the Association of Senior Staff of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), recently warned the federal government in disharmony strike notices in the nation’s education sector and demanded that resolute action be taken.

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