Academic Activities Paralysed At Nigerian Maritime University As Workers Protest

The academic and non-academic staff of the Nigerian Maritime University, in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State
on Monday crippled activities at the school over the non payment of over 30 months allowances and poor staff welfare.

The Workers have subsequently embarked on an indefinite strike to drive home their demands with the government.

Beyond the allowance, the aggrieved workers are also demanding from the management of the Institution under the leadership of Prof. Emmanuel Munakurogha Adigio (MNSE, MNIM) Vice Chancellor of the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko to also urgently adjust the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System ( IPPIS ) salary scale to reflect special status as a specialised institution like the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Efferun, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron and others.

The workers called on both the management of NMU and the Federal Government of Nigeria to build structures for the institution, stressing that the lecture halls are getting congested by the day, particularly the Okerenkoko campus of the institution.

In a resolution signed by Comrades Oweikeye Pathfinder Endoro and Moses Yabrade after the meeting, the staff unanimously endorsed the strike action after a meeting of staff at the temporary campus in Kurutie.

The resolution read in part: “Staff of NMU at all levels, namely, academic and non-academic agree that the patience and understanding with management regarding the needs of staff has been long envisaged and misconstrued to imply ignorance and weakness.

“The only congress held out of pressure on the 19th of February, 2021 where management in attendance promised to look into staff issues, till date has not yet yielded any pleasant outcome, rather worsening and unabated.

“To this, staff have resolved as follows: Workers 28 days in-lieu of accomodation for new employees be paid without further delay.

“Workers relocation allowance from Kurutie take-off campus to Okerenkoko, Abuja and Warri offices, covering expenses on accomodation, transport, furnishing and risk be paid without further delay.

The staff noted that the above listed items were duly approved by the federal government through her appointment council headed by the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Silva.

“Staff 13th month payable every October be restored and arrears paid without delay from October, 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively.

“Monthly general allowance to staff covering peculiarity, hazard, risk, and others last paid on May, 2019 should be paid without further delay. Accrued arrears of 30 months, May 2019 to October 2021.”

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