The Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi Chapter have described the sharing formula developed by the Federal Government for the payment of their earned allowances as “evil, demonic and provocative.”
The two unions staged a three-day peaceful protest which began Wednesday and ended on Friday, to express their dismay over what they described as unfair treatment by the federal government to them particularly, the sharing formula for their earned allowances.
They berated the government for proposing to give the Academic Staff Union of Universities 75 per cent of the earned allowances while SSANU and NASU will jointly get only 25 per cent even as they described the sharing formula.
Speaking to journalists, the JAC Chairman, Sulisma Jatau, said that SSANU and NASU entered into an agreement with the Federal Government since 2009 and some of their allowances have not been paid up to date.
He said, “This year in February, we went on strike to demand the payment of these allowances, we were informed that the money was not included in the 2020/2021 budget, and we agreed and shelved the strike, with a promise that they will give us the money in the supplementary budget which was signed in August.
“But to our dismay, we saw a circular that the money is to be shared with 25 per cent to the non-teaching staff and the remaining 75 per cent to the academic staff. We feel this sharing formula is evil, demonic and provocative.
“What we are saying is that government has no business in sharing money to unions. We have a statutory officer who is in charge of interpreting financial regulations in the universities. The government should give the money to the universities and the bursar will now share the money according to the agreement. But for government to share money with us, we will never take that.”