ASUU reiterates sharing formula as SSANU, NASU embark on protest

ASUU reiterates sharing formula as SSANU, NASU embark on protest

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday, January 12, restated the sharing formula with respect to the Federal Government’s N40bn earned allowance for the institutions’ workers.

This was contained in a statement issued by the ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview.

Ogunyemi justified the amount promised lecturers out of the N40bn, while non-academic unions described the Federal Government’s sharing formula as illogical and a divide and rule tactic.

The unions spoke as protests by non-academic staff over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the N40bn earned allowance rocked university towns across the country on Tuesday.

The Federal Government had, on December 22, as part of agreements reached with ASUU, promised to release N40bn earned allowance to universities. The academic union had on December 24 suspended a strike, which it started on March 23.

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But the non-academic unions, which kicked against the N30bn promised ASUU; said the sharing formula was 75 per cent (N30bn) for the lecturers and 25 per cent for other unions.

The Non-Teaching Staff Unions of the Nigerian Universities include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) as well as Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU).

Mr Hassan Makolo, National President, NASU, addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja; said the unions were not happy about the sharing formula of the N40 billion Earn Allowance.

“There are issues on the ground and we have been taken for granted. We are looking at what we called earn allowance; which everybody in the system is entitled to.

“The Federal Government gave us N30 billion and we said that the N30 billion should be defined; that who and who are qualified for it.

“The Federal Government then said all the unions on campus are qualified to enjoy it; and we agreed. We said that all the unions must be called upon to see how the sharing formula should be done,” said Makolo.

According to him, the government suddenly added another N10 billion, making the total money N40 billion; “and before we knew what was happening, they said 75 per cent of the total sum is for one union; while 25 per cent is to the other three unions.

“We will not accept a sharing formula of 75 per cent to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU); and 25 per cent to three non-teaching staff.

“This thing was done with impunity, and we feel that we have to protest for three days; and we are going to appraise it after the three days; and if nothing happens we will decide the next line of action,” he said.

Makolo noted that the government was yet to meet some demands of the union; which also included the use of Integrated Payroll Personnel Information Systems (IPPIS) as payment platform.

He said other demands were non-payment of arrears of Minimum Wage, delay in renegotiation of Federal Government, NASU as well as SSANU negotiation of 2009, retirement benefits, among others.

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