… demand N30bn earned allowance from FG
The leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), has directed its branches to begin the mobilisation of its members to embark on a nationwide protest starting from July 15 over alleged breach of agreements. Top on its list of grievances is the exclusion of its members from the workings of the National University Pension Company (NUPENCO) solely operated by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the allocation of 80 per cent of the money released by the Federal Government as earned allowances to ASUU while the three nonacademic staff unions got the remaining 20 per cent.
However, after a meeting of SSANU, NASU Joint Action Committee which was held yesterday in Abuja, the union while rejecting the 20 per cent earned allowance, called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, release N30 billion to the non-teaching staff as earned allowance for the period of 2009 to 2016 Addressing journalists, the SSANU President, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, who stressed that the protest was aimed at sending a notice of strike to the Federal Government should it fail to meet its demands, called on its members to ensure full compliance with the directive in order to show its relevance to the university system.
“The recent sharing of money where the money collected from the ministry of education signed by the director of tertiary education, allocating 80 per cent of the money to ASUU and only 20 percent to the three non-teaching staff unions is not acceptable to us.
“We reject in total the 20 per cent allocated to our members, rather we demand from the Federal Government the sum of N30 billion as part of the earned allowance of non teaching staff from 2009 to 2016 l, and we call on government to hasten the audit of university earned allowances so that we will know how much is paid to who and how much remains. “The way and manner the money is being shared is contrary to any known accounting procedure or any known international best practices.
It should be condemned by all, this house calls it a fraud and calls for investigation. “We call and demand that government should release as a matter of urgency, N30 billion for non-teaching staff. “JAC has approved protests from the branches, protests at the zonal levels of our unions and mother of all protests in Abuja for three days, before a deadline is given to the government for the mother of all strikes that will follow. The protest will commence on July 15, 2019,” he said.