Barring any last minute-change of mind, the entire operations of the University of Ibadan (UI) may be grounded from Tuesday over dispute on the recent N40 billion released out of the N100 billion promised by the Federal Government to federal universities.
The two major unions at the nation’s premier university are at the loggerheads over the N2.1billion that came to UI as its share from the earned allowance, which was paid to end the four-month old strike by university lecturers across the country.
Members of the Non-Academic Union of Nigerian University (NASU) branch of the university are piling pressure on the university authorities to immediately share the money to all academic and non-academic staff of the institution.
Liveschoolnews gathered that NASU has threatened to paralyse activities in the university, including shutting all offices, should the authorities refuse to disburse the N2.1 billion today.
NASU’s decision followed reports that in the University of Ilorin, whose academic staff are not part of the ongoing strike by university lecturers, the allowance was shared across board.
However, the members of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) of the university were said to be against the disbursement of the N2.1 billion that accrued to the institution pending the resolution of the current strike by its members.
ASUU chairman for the university, Dr Segun Ajiboye, while reacting to the development, said ASUU had always explained that all staff in the school, whether academic or otherwise, would benefit from the money.
He appealed to NASU members to exercise more patience and await the disbursement of more money by the Federal Government before the whole lump sum would be shared.
According to sources, the sharing formula had almost been reportedly concluded by the appropriate accounting department of the university when ASUU leadership got wind of it and kicked against the plan to avert another round of crisis.
It was learnt that in anticipation of the windfall, some NASU members had even begun to plan how they hoped to spend their share once it was disbursed before ASUU members came up with its position on the matter.
But following the decision of ASUU to throw spanner into the works, NASU members were said to have met and resolved to take a number of radical steps, one of which is to begin a strike on Monday.
Another plan by NASU, it was learnt, is to hold the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Issac Adewole, hostage, even though he was said to have travelled to Abuja for a meeting of vice-chancellors with the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike.
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