NAAT Members of Federal University of Lafia Technologists Protest Over Withheld Salaries

During the peaceful protest held within the university premises, NAAT members displayed placards and chanted solidarity songs, demanding the immediate payment of their withheld salaries. Among their slogans were "Pay us our withheld salaries now," "We are not slaves," and "We are suffering."

NAAT Members of Federal University of Lafia Technologists Protest Over Withheld Salaries

Members of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) at the Federal University of Lafia (FuLafia) have commenced a three-day warning strike to protest the non-payment of five-and-a-half months of withheld salaries by the Federal Government. The strike, which began on Wednesday, was sparked by the government's failure to release salary arrears despite previous directives.

The strike, organized by NAAT's North Central Zonal Coordinator and FuLafia Chairman, Kenneth Onuh, aims to draw attention to the perceived injustice faced by NAAT members. Onuh emphasized that while other university unions had received four months of withheld salaries as directed by President Bola Tinubu, NAAT members were excluded from this payment. This exclusion has been interpreted as an act of injustice and discrimination by NAAT members.

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During the peaceful protest held within the university premises, NAAT members displayed placards and chanted solidarity songs, demanding the immediate payment of their withheld salaries. Among their slogans were "Pay us our withheld salaries now," "We are not slaves," and "We are suffering."

NAAT representatives also called upon the general public, civil society organizations, and stakeholders to pressure the Federal Government to address their grievances. They warned that failure to do so could disrupt academic activities at the institution.

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Despite previous efforts to engage government agencies on the matter, NAAT claims that their correspondences have been ignored, indicating a lack of goodwill from the government's side. NAAT's strike action is based on the government's failure to fully implement the FGN/NAAT 2009 Agreement.

The protest reflects the ongoing challenges faced by university workers in Nigeria regarding salary payments and government agreements. NAAT members remain resolute in their demands for fair treatment and are prepared to continue their strike until their concerns are addressed.