The Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Senior Workers Affiliation of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) are at the moment at loggerheads over the disbursement of N25billion earned allowance launched to them by the Federal Authorities.
Whereas ASUU took 80 per cent of the cash, different non-teaching staffs have been left with 20 p.c.
SSANU has since rejected the sharing method and is at the moment on a one-week warning strike alongside different non-teaching employees unions.
However ASUU president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi whereas exonerating the union stated the 25billion launched by the federal government was based mostly on educating and analysis providers that the college academics present.
“We’re nonetheless monitoring the implementation of our settlement, recall that the Memorandum of Settlement was signed on February 7, 2019. Although authorities lastly launched the N25billion it promised as half cost, we have now witnessed the controversy generated with another employees unions. We don’t have issues with them, besides they’ve with us. We negotiated this cash and authorities solely appealed that we must always accommodate them and there’s no foundation to assault each other.
“All of us have our 2009 settlement, in signing the settlement for educational employees, the parts have been clearly spelt out and so they border on educating and analysis providers that we offer. It is vitally scientific the way in which we calculate what individuals earn, which we name earned allowances, not shared allowances. However what we see of late is an try to show it to sharing and till we return to the unique idea, we are going to proceed to see these unwarranted assaults. We now have been maligned as a union that doesn’t care about different unions however that’s not appropriate. Whenever you exit to make your calls for, we additionally exit to make our personal calls for.
“Within the settlement for different employees unions, what they stated they need to do was to barter with their councils, it’s only the settlement with ASUU that they stated authorities would pay. For the opposite unions, it’s their councils.
“For ASUU members, you both train postgraduate college students or not, you can’t fabricate that. You both supervise postgraduate initiatives otherwise you don’t supervise. You both go on subject journey or educating practise otherwise you don’t. There are particular gadgets that these claims are tied to. They’re even complaining that they got 20 per cent, there have been professors who acquired lower than 10 per cent of what others acquired and there have been those that didn’t get something as a result of they weren’t concerned in educating postgraduate college students, they weren’t concerned in extra workload, as an example, in the event you go on sabbatical, you aren’t entitled to something, you aren’t on floor but when we flip it to sharing, it means everyone should have a chunk of the pie and that’s not the spirit,” Ogunyemi added.
However SSANU insisted that there was nothing like earned educational allowance, accusing officers of the federal ministry of schooling of intentionally inflicting confusion.
Public Relations Officer of SSANU, Abdussourbu Salaam in a chat with The Guardian insisted that so far as they’re involved, the idea of earned educational is unknown to them.
“We had an settlement in 2009 between the Federal Authorities and the assorted unions-NASU, SSANU, ASUU and one of many main elements of the settlement was the problem of earned allowance. We signed an settlement for earned allowance as a result of it’s earned; we anticipated that when authorities goes to allocate assets to the college for the aim of allowance, it shouldn’t be on the idea of unions. The usual apply is that you simply ship the cash to every particular person council of the college; it’s the council that is aware of these employees in its employment and the character of job and allowance that individual deserves. However sadly, that was not the process some brokers within the federal ministry of schooling adopted.
“That is the third tranche of earned allowances we’re receiving, the primary tranche paid in 2013 was via the councils of the college, which now units up committees made up of the registrar and bursar as a result of statutorily, the registrar is the chief custodian of all of the information within the college and it’s the registrar that is aware of which job specification has been outlined for a employees and might have the ability to say that this employees is deserving of the
“The primary tranche was paid to the councils which arrange committees and these monies have been allotted there was no rancor.
However impulsively, the second tranche there was a deviation from that strategy adopted earlier. Rapidly, we had a scenario the place the ministry would write and say N16m had been allotted, N14m out of it’s for ASUU, and N2m is for others. That’s an aberration, it’s a deviation from all normal of allocation of assets, and in addition don’t neglect that we have now a college autonomy legislation signed by the Federal Authorities that makes the council to be the determinant of assets and allowances that go to universities not the FME.
Few months in the past, N25b was launched, out of this 80 per cent went to ASUU whereas 20 per cent went to others. It was launched via the colleges and allotted from the workplace of the director, tertiary schooling within the FME.
They shared the cash from the workplace of the director and that’s an aberration as a result of the accountability of councils was completed from the workplace of the director, tertiary schooling.it’s towards all normal accounting or administrative norms of cost of allowances and that’s what has led to this agitation.
The SSANU boss insisted that their 2009 settlement was with the Federal Authorities and never with ASUU.
Earned educational allowance is alien to us. What’s the justification for those being given to us these previous years? Is it a bonus?” he queried.