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N22bn allowance: Union threatens to shut down labs, research centres in varsities

The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) Thursday warned the federal government to implement its resolutions as contained...

The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) Thursday warned the federal government to implement its resolutions as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding it signed where it promised to share the newly released N22bn Earned Allowance to each of the unions.

Daily Trust had reported that the non-teaching staff unions had rejected the 25 percent sharing formula allocated to them from the fund – a development that has caused crises within the university environment.

Addressing journalists at the labour house in Abuja, President of NAAT, Ibeji Nwokoma, said its members would not hesitate to respond accordingly by shutting down laboratories, workshops, research centres and halt any further research across all universities if the government failed to do the needful.

On deadline given to workers on compulsory COVID-19 vaccination, Nwokoma said the federal government should rescind its decision.

“Our position on compulsory vaccination for our workers is that we are of the view that it is very wrong for the government to say that vaccination should be compulsory. Vaccination cannot and should not be made compulsory for citizens.

“We will rather plead with the government to work on the conscience of the people or encourage people to go and do vaccination if anybody thinks he should take it. We are asking the government to please withdraw that deadline as it is not proper to ask citizens to be compulsorily vaccinated.”

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