The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said the on going protest by the Non Academic Unions at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba – Akoko, is politically motivated.
The protesting Unions, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, National Association of Academic Technologists and Non Academic Staff Union, had declared seven days protest to press home their demand for the payment of arrears of the hazard allowance component of the 2009 Federal Government Unions Agreement.
The students made this known when they met the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Femi Mimiko. They said the came to intervene and seek solution to the crisis. “ We have taken it upon ourselves to support neither the management nor the staff unions. Our interest lies in the welfare of the students and to ensure that there is peace in the University community. Based on our findings, we have noticed that this issue has a political undertone. That was why we came earlier to sensitize the student body, not to affiliate themselves with some structural political hands that could bring crisis to the environment”.
The students frowned at the action of the Unions, in spite of the enormous welfare programmes and huge infrastructural development at the institution.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Mimiko, said the institution, “ is one of the ten ( 10) Universities that have paid the hazard allowance to its workers across board, out of the 124 Universities in the country”.