Ministers indirectly beg us money, says SSAUTHRIAI
Ministers and other government functionaries “use coded language to beg money”, the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associate Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI) has alleged.
The union said before getting its legitimate demands from the Federal Government, it had become a norm for public servants to blackmail them to part with some percentage.
President of SSAUTHRIAI, Benjamin Akintola, stated this during the sectoral council meeting in Jos, Plateau State.
He said: “These public servants have an attitude. I now understand them better. They ask us for money indirectly.
If they had come directly, we would have understood them.
A very senior person in the presidency once asked when we would be coming to greet him in his village.
“What the man was asking us was when we would be coming to discuss the ‘needful’, so that we can get the money. He would be expecting us to come.
But we didn’t understand that language. It is quite unfortunate the kind of leadership we have in this country. In fact, I am bleeding within me.”
He revealed that they once met a minister who later called to inform them of his preparation to join the governorship race and how other people had contributed.
“He said he would make sure the N8.2 billion arrears we had written to the president about was paid before he leaves office.
So when we left him, I asked my colleague what the man meant and he told me that he was asking us of money and that we should come to the inauguration of his campaign,” Akintola said.
According to him, the way government treats the research institute sector in terms of finance has been very discouraging.
SSAUTHRIAI promised to change its strategy in the pursuit of its legitimate demands, since “we are dealing with a government that is insensitive to our plight.”