NASU Urges FG To Pay N62bn Earned Allowances To Workers




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The non-academic workers’ unions of the ’s universities have urged to pay an outstanding N62bn earned allowances to members.

The unions the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee of the Staff of Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and the National of Academic Technologists are calling on Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to ensure the payment of the allowances before handing to the new administration.

The spokesman for the unions, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, who is of SSANU, made the call in a document signed by him, of NASU, Comrade Ladi Iliya and her NAAT counterpart, Sani Sulaiman. Ugwoke read the document at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that refused to further payments after the initial payment of N30bn out of a total of N92bn earned allowances.

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He stressed that had only released N30bn out of the N92bn negotiated earned allowances meant to cover July 2009 to July 2012.

He said that efforts made by the unions to call the attention of the Federal Ministry of Education, the National Universities Commission, and the vice chancellors of federal universities had not yielded any positive response.

Ugwoke also called on the Federal to renegotiate the agreement the unions which according to him was long overdue.

He said, “Our members have been agitated the non-payment of the negotiated and agreed earned allowances in particular when the first tranche was paid but not continued without reason. The Implementation Monitoring Committee set up by the Federal has been frustrated by officials.

“N30bn was released as part of the earned allowance and about N62bn has yet to be released. Everything is about N92bn and you know, the N92bn we are talking about is for July 2009 to June 2012.”

While the unionists assured Nigerians of readiness to sustain industrial peace in the universities, they called on agencies to avoid acts inimical to the interest of the unions and members.