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SSANU, NASUU reject sharing formula for N22.127bn earned allowance

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
15 November 2021   |   4:02 am
Members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASUU), University of Port Harcourt branch have rejected proposed sharing formula for the disbursement of N22.127 billion earned allowances by the Federal Government.

Members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASUU), University of Port Harcourt branch have rejected proposed sharing formula for the disbursement of N22.127 billion earned allowances by the Federal Government.

The groups threatened to embark on indefinite strike if the Federal Government implements the 75 per cent for academic staff union against 25 per cent for three non-academic staff unions.

Speaking with newsmen at the union’s office, the Uniport branch Chairman of SSANU, Bernard Ezebunwo-Chukwu, who doubles as branch chairman of Joint Action Committee (JAC), urged government to ensure payment of minimum wage arrears were made justly and fairly.

He argued that government should consult stakeholders to agree on a sharing formula instead of the planned disbursement, which would eventually create issues among unions, adding that government must learn to be sincere in their promises or risk strike.

He said: “The earned allowance they are about to release, N22.127 billion, for workers of universities, comprising all unions, the sharing formula, which they have announced, 75 per cent against 25 per cent, which is 75 per cent for academic staff and 25 per cent for three non-academic staff unions.

“It has not been a new thing because they have done it before, not once or twice and we have been clamouring for this change, but they do not seem to hear us.

“Why we are doing this protest is to tell the world that what happened before wants to happen again. If nothing is done to redress the step they are taking, we’ll embark on strike.”

Earlier, the branch Chairman of NASUU, Ogbaegbe Osoruchi, complained about the delay in payment of minimum wage arrears and hazard allowance, noting that if not urgently implemented, it would trigger strike action.