Earned allowance: SSANU, NASU protest, vow to stop varsities’ reopening

Non-academic staff of Nigerian universities in nationwide protests, Tuesday, said universities in the country would not reopen unless the federal government put a stop to the controversial Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), address the issue of discriminatory disbursement of Earned Allowance and pay them arrears of the new minimum wage among other issues.

They also called for the sack of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu and his counterpart in the labour ministry, Dr Chris Ngige, for allegedly supporting their academic colleagues to cheat them in the disbursement of the N40 billion released by the federal government as Earned Allowances for workers in the university system.

Blueprint reports that, Abuja, Ilorin, Benin City, Ibadan, Calabar and across the country, the workers, under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) noted that without their demands being met, the hope of reopening universities in the country after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic would be a day-dream.

Reports from Lagos indicates that the workers at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who held a joint congress under their jointly-formed Joint Action Committee in front of the Senate Building, were addressed by their chairmen, Comrade Olusola Sowunmi of SSANU and Comrade Kehinde Ajibade of NASU.

According to Sowunmi it was unfortunate that some people in government felt it would be better to pamper one union out of the four staff unions in the university system.

“How can we have four unions in the university system and the government releases N40 billion for allowances and one union is allowed to take 75 per cent of the money? “We won’t allow this to continue and with this our protest, we are putting an end to such an injustice,” he said.

The workers also called for the sack of the Ministers of Education and Labour, Malam Adamu Adamu and Dr Chris Ngige. Their grouse against the ministers is that they are fuelling the discrimination against them by the teaching staff.

At the University of Benin (UNIBEN), chairman of UNIBEN SSANU/Joint Association Committee, Comrade Bedrock Osewa said “They (government) wants to strangulate us so that we will not perform our responsibilities to members. The protest is to sensitise the public and let government know that we cannot be taken for a ride.

“You (government) cannot sign and will not obey agreements. Besides, the government has also failed to reconstitute panel for renegotiation of pending agreements”.

Also, the Federal University Gusau (FUG) branch staged a peaceful protest over non implementation of IPPIS, minimum wage, arrears by the federal government which bedevilled their work at the university.

Speaking to newsmen after the protest at the main campus in Gusau, the state capital, chairman of the Joint Task Committee of NASU and SSANU, Malam Mudassir Musa described the lukewarm attitudes shown by the federal government on their problems as a factor affecting their work for over one year back.

Speaking to the protesters, Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Administration, Dr. Ahmad Galadima, sympathised with them over their grievances and promised that their demands would be channelled to the appropriate authorities for prompt action.

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