…commends Fed.Govt,Vice Chancellor
The federal government in keeping with the agreement entered into with trade unions in the tertiary institutions has released the sum of N1.3 billion Naira to the authority at the University of Nigeria to cleared debts pertaining to earned allowance arrears.
The position was revealed by the Chairman, Accademic Staff Union of University(ASUU),Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, during the emergency congress of the union.
The ASUU Chairman maintained that the money covers arrears of 2009 to 2012 owed her members and that the Vice Chancellor,Prof Benjamin Ozumba has assured them of federal government’s readiness to pay the money in batches
“I commend Ozumba’s efforts to ensure that earned allowance owned workers of the university is paid by government
“ While N1.3billion was leased for the academic staff, about N400million was released to non-academic staff of UNN,” he said.
Abada went-on commending the Vice Chancellor for his sterling leadership and readiness to listen to the stakeholders despite rumours peddled in the system.
“I advise university workers to always cross-check their facts to avoid circulating unfounded and baseless information against an innocent person.
“ Rumour peddlers even said that Ozumba gave me N20 million to seal my mouth, that is why am not talking as ASUU chairman in UNN.’’
Also,Abada commended government for releasing the first batch of earned allowance of UNN academic staff and urged it to ensure that remaining amount were released as promised.
“Government should after paying the remaining arrears of earned allowances, consider build-in the earned allowance into workers’ monthly salary.
“This will help to stop backlog of arrears and incessant strike by university workers as a result of non-payment of earned allowance, which disrupt academic calendar of government owned universities,” he said.
Mrs Ginika Nwannani, and Mr Canice Anyachukwu, Secretary and Internal Auditor, respectively of ASUU-UNN, were on hand to support the local ASUU Chairman as he briefs the press.