The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, University of Lagos (Unilag) branch, has threatened to embark on strike due to issues emanating from the payment of earned allowances allocated to the institution by the Federal Government.
This was made known at a press conference organised by the central executive committee of the union, on Thursday, in Lagos.
According to the branch chairman of the union, Comrade Adekola Adetomiwa, the institution’s management had refused to adhere to the documented template being used to pay the earned allowances as it obtains in other universities, such as the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), the University of Ibadan (UI) and others.
He stated that instead of paying the senior staff the accurate sum of N360,000 as rightly due, the Unilag management was paying N180,000, noting that some senior members of staff were, in fact, excluded from payment, such as the medical staff, which the union will not take lightly.
Adekola, however, added that after speaking with the institution’s pro chancellor, Professor Jerry Gana, who promised that the issue of excluded members of the union would be addressed, nothing had been done so far.
“We use this medium to press on our management to pay the right amount of money that was negotiated for by our union. We are not begging them because it is our right
“We are calling on the Federal Government, especially the National Universities Commission (NUC), to make sure that what is due for our members is given to them,”he said.
Asked if it was possible that the institution’s management received below the N1.6 billion budgeted for Unilag for payment of earned allowances, the union chairman said that was not the case, as it had been reliably ascertained that the management received the exact sum of money allocated to Unilag, as published in the papers by the NUC.
He added that the union was not ruling out embarking on strike by way of getting the union’s demand met.
Also speaking, the general secretary of the union, Comrade Ben Anosike, said if the management did not have the financial capacity to pay all union members at once,”why not come out openly and say so, then we can agree to get paid for the amount of months the money can cater for, and then wait for the balance payment.”
It will be recalled that the union has held two peaceful protests on the institution’s campus in the light of their dissatisfaction.
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