COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 46TH NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) MEETING OF THE SENIOR STAFF ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES (SSANU), HELD ON THURSDAY 14TH – FRIDAY 15TH DECEMBER, 2023 AT FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, MINNA, NIGER STATE.
RESOLUTIONS OF NEC ON SOME UNION AND NATIONAL ISSUES.
At the end of its Two-Day NEC meeting, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities resolved as follows:
1. REMOVAL OF UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS FROM IPPIS
NEC in session appreciates the decision of the federal government to exempt all tertiary institutions from IPPIS. While commending this decision, it however encourages Government to critically consult Management of Universities and labour unions on workable, reliable, seamless and acceptable approach in transiting to the new regime in order to capture the peculiarities of university workers. This is with a view to forestall the complicated problems that plagued the use of IPPIS.
NEC, therefore, urges the government to consider improving the old system with some latest features in the U3PS payment solution presented to it by the JAC of SSANU and NASU.
2. PAYMENT OF FOUR MONTHS WITHHELD SALARIES
NEC in session acknowledged the approval by the government to pay the 4 months salaries of our members withheld as a result of the last industrial action embarked by the Union. NEC in session deliberated on the undue delay by the government in paying the four months salaries and therefore urges the government to pay the money without further delay. This is to boost the already fading confidence of our members in government.
3. PAYMENT OF CLINICAL HARZARD ALLOWANCE TO HEALTH WORKERS
NEC in session commends the effort of the government on the implementation of medical allowance to health workers. It was, however, observed that the payment was haphazardly done. While some branches were paid, others were left out, especially research centres and institutes. NEC, therefore, urges the government to integrate all deserving branches in the payment of this allowance and also pay arrears arising from the delayed implementation of the same. Moreso, state governments should equally adopt the same measures and pay their health workers the same deserving allowance
4. IMPLEMENTATION OF PROPOSED WAGE INCREASE
NEC in session recalls the approval of the government to increase the salaries of university workers by 25% and 35%. Though this proposal is a far cry from the salary increase demanded by SSANU, we regarded it as an award by the government and therefore expected that the award should have been implemented by now. NEC, therefore, demands the implementation of this wage increase, which had been captured in the budget before the end of 2023, pending the conclusion of the renegotiation with the government on the mutually acceptable salary wage.
5. PAYMENYT OF N35,000 WAGE AWARD
NEC recalls the approval of the federal government to pay a wage award of N35,000 to workers in its payroll effective from 1st September 2023. The one for the month of September 2023 was paid in the month of November 2023. NEC urges the federal government to commence payment of the outstanding arrears of October and November 2023 forthwith.
State governments are also seriously encouraged to take a cue from the federal government to endorse payment of this wage award to their workers in order to ameliorate the harsh effects of the fuel subsidy removal.
6. PAYMENT OF MINIMUM WAGE ARREARS
NEC in session observed that some of her members are yet to be paid arrears of the National Minimum Wage, which was approved in 2018 despite the efforts of the Union.
NEC, therefore, calls on the government to, as a matter of urgency, release funds for payment for those omitted in the under listed universities:
1. Federal University Otuoke
2. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
3. Federal University, Dutsima
4. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
5. Federal University, Gashua, Yobe
6. Federal University Kashere
7. University of Maiduguri
8. Modibo Adamawa University, Yola
9. University of Benin, Benin.
10. College of Medicine, of the University of Lagos, Idi-Araba
11. University of Calabar
12. University of Uyo
13. Federal University of Lafia
14. Federal University, Lokoja
NEC in session also observed that some State Governments are yet to implement, not to talk of payment of the arrears of the last reviewed Minimum Wage. It therefore calls on all such State Governments to do the needful and bring workers in State universities up to same pace with their counterparts in Federal universities.
7. RELEASE OF #50 BILLION FOR PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING EARNED ALLOWANCES
Arising from the collective bargaining Agreements signed between the JAC of SSANU and NASU and the Federal Government, Government had made provision in the 2023 appropriation bill for the sum of N50Billion for payment of outstanding Earned Allowances to Universities and Inter-University Centres. This Agreement is yet to be fulfilled.
NEC in session urges the government to release funds for payment of the allowances without further delay.
8. STATE OF FEDERAL ROADS
NEC observes with serious concern the deplorable state of Nigerian roads nationwide, which has resulted in loss of revenue, time, and avoidable deaths. These bad spots are now flash points for men of the underworld, providing them veritable opportunities to attack unsuspecting and innocent victims. The Minister of Works under this new administration had taken a tour of these roads, coupled with the President directive to immediately fix these roads. NEC is, however, surprised that several months after this marching order, rehabilitation work is yet to commence on any of these roads. The government is therefore urged to kick-start fixing of these roads before the rains set in.
Comrade M. H. Ibrahim fnipr, fnli, fciml, manupa.
Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities – SSANU
UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS (UNILAG) ANNOUNCE MATRICULATION CEREMONY FOR FRESH STUDENTS, 2023/2024
- Date: Friday, 2nd February, 2024
- Time: 9:00AM Prompt
- Venue: Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall, UNILAG, Akoka.
Members of the University community and the general public are cordially invited.
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OUR MEMBERS FRUSTRATED OVER EIGHT MONTHS WITHHELD SALARIES – ASUU TO FG
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, branch Chairperson of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Comrade Oyibo Eze, has urged the federal government to release their members’ eight months withheld salary.
Eze said that ASUU members were being frustrated and finding it difficult to perform effectively coupled with the bad economic hardships in the country.
He made this known on Thursday during the ASUU congress held at the University of Nigeria.
“ASUU members are frustrated because of the eight months withheld salaries, coupled with the increase in exchange rate, except the eight months salaries are paid, ASUU members won’t perform effectively.
“The government should release the money to ensure and sustain peace and harmony in the academic system”, Eze said.
He further appealed to his colleagues to exercise patience for the progress being attained in the review of the university yellow book, which is the university guideline for promotion.
According to him, ASUU has pledged to achieve its aim through dialogue and peaceful moves.
Prof Sule-kano Abdullahi, who is ASUU Trustee and Chairman National Visitation Panel of the Union, said his team was in UNN to interact with the members of the union on their challenges so as to channel such to the national office.
Abdullahi, a former National President of ASUU, also used the opportunity to present scholarship award to selected indigent students.
He said the award was to support indigent students in Nigerian universities in their education.
“ASUU has instituted this annual scholarship scheme since 2018 for two indigent students in all branches of the union and has continued to do so till date in spite of all challenges.
“It is my pleasure to announce that after screening exercise by ASUU-UNN branch, Ugwu Maryjane and Ugwu Promise as the beneficiaries of UNN-ASUU scholarship scheme 2023 has been approved by the national body
“I urge you to make judicious use of the N200,000 by committing it to your education.
“I commend UNN-ASUU for given N30,000 each as consolation prize to other nine students who applied,” Abdullahi said
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