Release 8bn Earned Allowance, Implement Judgement On Staff Schools - AAUA SSANU Tells FG

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian universities, SSANU, Adekunle Ajasin University Chapter, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to implement court judgement on the staff schools of Nigerian Universities and ensure immediate release of already approved for the Non- Teaching Staff of the Universities.

The Union made the call while on peaceful demonstration on Wednesday at Akungba Akoko, Ondo State. The Chairman, Comrade Tope Famuti challenged the federal government as been lookwarm with regard to issues that bother on Workers' welfare. He asked government to ensure the disbursement of the fund already approved as earned allowance for the Non- Teaching Staff of Nigerian Universities.

He said, "It is regrettable that the Federal Government has been unfaithful to its promises to workers and it is regrettable too that a protest like this and related actions have to be done before the government would honour the promises it made to workers. It is more annoying that a government that's emplaced through the instruments of the law would decide to scorn the judgement of a competent court on a matter that affects the well-being of Nigerian workers.

"We are therefore calling on government to act his words by ensuring immediate disbursement of the Earned Allowance and the implementation of the judgement of National Industrial Court on the status of teachers of the Universities' Staff Schools."

The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Education, had informed the Chairman of the Joint Action Committee of NAAT, NASU and SSANU via an August 9, 2018, letter that approval had been given for the release of N8 billion being payment of Earned Allowances for Non-Teaching Staff in the Universities and requested for templates for the payments to the unions. The government has since not released the N8 billion Earned Allowance it promised.

The union also accused the Federal Government of disobeying judgment of the National Industrial Court that had, two years ago, asked that teachers in university staff schools should earn comparable emoluments and that those sacked by government be reinstated. They also said the federal government has refused to honour the judgment to recall the sacked teachers of staff schools despite the NIC ruling since December 5, 2016.

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