by frontiers | March 19, 2017 9:13 pm
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Abuja zone has unequivocally demanded for the immediate releases of full personnel costs (including arrears thereof) to all Federal Universities in Nigeria, in order to forestall consequential damage to public university education in Nigeria.
Dr Theophilus Lagi, the Zonal coordinator, at a press comference, at the Ibrahim Badamosi Babaginda University, Lapai, recently, said that salary was sacrosanct and payment of full salary (including all earned allowances) is the lubricant of the wheels of industrial harmony within the university establishment.
ASUU equally lamented the ugly and worrisome unilateral drastic cut by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) in the personnel costs allocations to Federal Universities across the country.
The Union lamented that “today, almost a year after, we again sadly invite you for briefing on the same issue of shortfall in salaries paid to our members across all Federal Universities. This ugly phenomenon began in December, 2015 and it has become a pattern employed by FGN to debilitate the workers movement in the country, especially ASUU.”
Explaining the causes, he said ” one thing is clear however and, that is, the extant authorities like the Ministry of Finance and the Budget Agencies have no inkling how the University system works; this is the most probable reason for the pay-cut.
“It does appear that the Finance and Budget and Planning Ministries have failed to realize or refused to accept and correct their mistakes in the figures they project as appropriation for tertiary education, particularly the University education sub-sector.”
The Union lamented again that further to the intervention of the Senate President in the week-long warning strike, some understanding was reached, virement was made and funds were released to clear up some of the accumulated salary shortfalls.
Dr Theophilus explained that one would have thought that the right thing to do was to sustain the tempo and maintain the drive to clear all outstanding shortfalls and to put mechanisms in place to forestall any future reoccurrence of any form of shortfalls but “sadly, this was not done.”
“It is therefore regretted that this singular action of the FGN is a recipe for the death of public university education in Nigeria, saying that “it implies that the masses shall no longer have access to university education in Nigeria and, therefore, Nigeria shall continue to be under-developed”.
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