By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
There is now palpable tension at the University of Ibadan (UI) as the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non-Academic Staff Union of University (NASU) has threatened to embark on strike if their Earned Allowances are not paid and other conditions are not met by the university.
The JAC, which comprises of members of the National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), also accused the university management of not paying their Earned Allowances since 2013 that it has been approved by the federal government.
Chairman of SSANU, Comrade Wale Akinremi, who addressed journalists shortly after the JAC congress held at the university, said the issue of their unpaid Earned Allowances is their major problem, adding that the Federal Government has directed the management to pay them since 2013, but that the university management has been running away from that.
“The most rotten sector today in Nigeria is the university sector. Government should bring their beam light and checkmate corruption. How much do they give state universities as subvention funds when compared to those of federal universities, government has over-pampered them.
“Everybody is now a contractor in the university system and nobody wants to teach anymore.
“Another grouse with the management is the issue of the proposed plan to privatize the staff school. Nobody should touch the staff because it is the responsibility of the institute of education, nobody should sack any of the staff members there. Going by their terms of appointment nobody can just sack them.
“Another issue is the problem of scheme of service; somebody just got up and changed the agreement we had with Federal Government in 2009. The university council got up and wants to change our retirement and promotion years and also gave a condition of evaluation for the promotion.
“It negates the spirit of the 2009 agreement and it’s an insult on us. We got 65 years retirement age, while the academic staffs got 70 years. Nobody can reach CONTIS 15 in the university system until you are over 50 years. Just this they have promoted about 40 professors in this university but none for the non-teaching staffs, why?, So we are rejecting the scheme of service totally and the 2009 agreement stays,” he lamented.
Akinremi stated that if their conditions were not met by the end of the month, the three unions had promised to embark on indefinite strike.
But in a swift reaction, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Isaac Adewole stated that the Earned Allowance had not been paid by the Federal Government to the university.
He also debunked the rumour that they wanted to privatised the staff school, stressing that there is no circular issued to that effect. Commenting on the change in scheme of service, Adewole said:
“It was the decision of the governing council of the university that all junior staffs would be promoted every three years after due training and evaluation, while the senior staffs will be promoted after four years. No staff can get promoted without proper evaluation and training”.
The VC promised to engage the union leaders in a dialogue and resolve all issues raised by them amicably.