The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has warned the government not to push workers to the wall over what it termed ‘lackadaisical attitude over new minimum wage.’
The union said, should the government continue to delay the minimum wage, the consequences will be grievous.
Speaking at its 34th National Executive Council, NEC, meeting, at Delta State University, Abraka, SSANU President, Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, said the Federal Government appeared unwilling to come up with new minimum wage despite its promise.
The university non-teaching staff union has told security agencies to stop their in-fighting and go back to the drawing board to fight the Boko Haram insurgents that have recently unleashed onslaught on the military and civilians in Borno State.
He said, “We warn the Federal Government not to push labour to the wall. When it comes to the welfare of workers, they start being economical, but when it comes to election, they easily dish out money to buy votes.”
It added that “Budget for the Defence should be well utilized and should not be used to drive big cars by security agents.”
SSANU condemned the use of security agencies by the executive arm of government against the legislative arm, describing such action as “a threat to our democracy.”
He also advised the executive arm of government to respect the rule of law and abide by court judgements, adding that the rule of law is the bedrock of democracy which should be respected.
On the 2019 general elections, Ugwoke said the way politicians were going about the political process was frightening and urged politicians to play according to the rules in order not to bring back the military.