THE National Universities Commission (NUC) has declared that the N92 billion allowances contained in the 2009 agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by the Federal Government was for both academic and non-academic staff.
In a letter dated August 26, 2013 signed by the NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie and addressed to the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, the NUC boss directed the governing council to provide necessary oversight in the administration of the released earned allowances payment to ‘deserving academic and non-academic staff’.
The NUC in the letter titled “Payment of earned allowances” read in part, “the Federal Government has approved the sum of N30 billion for the payment of earned allowances to deserving staff, (academic and non-academic) in the federal universities. I have been directed to inform the councils of federal universities of the prorated amount due to each federal university for the payment of these allowances. The university of Ibadan has been allocated N2,144,069,600.00 only for this purpose. This amount is being transferred to the relevant account of each university. Consequently, it is the responsibility of respective governing councils to provide the necessary oversight in the administration of these funds based on the prescribed rates.”
In his reaction, the Chairman, University of Ibadan (UI) Chapter of ASUU, Dr. Segun Ajiboye, said the union has finally been vindicated by the campaign of calumny by the Federal Government to the effect that the earned allowances was for only academic staff.
Ajiboye described the initial claims by government representatives that ASUU was demanding N92 billion earned allowances for her members as a blackmail which has ‘now fallen like a pack of card’.
“Nigerians should by now see that our government is a government of deceit. The government that told Nigerians some weeks ago that ASUU was demanding N92 billion as allowances for its members has now written a letter that the amount is for both academic and non-academic staff in the nation’s federal universities,” he stated.