7 JAN 2018
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru &Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – NON teaching staff in the universities have said that their members will not resume work today pending when the Federal Government will pay them their Earned Allowances totalling over N66 billion.
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But the Federal Government has promised to mop up money for the non teaching staff comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions, NASU, and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, alleging that the N23 billion released to the four university based unions was hijacked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Meanwhile, there appears to be internal wrangling and suspicion between the non teaching staff under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC, and ASUU, as it was gathered that the two groups are working at different directions over Earned Allowances.
Recall that as a result of the strike embarked upon by the four university based unions over the non implementation of agreements entered into with the Federal Government especially on Earned Allowances, ASUU which had the upper hand in the Committee set up by the government went home with about N18 billion, leaving the balance of about N4 billion to the three unions.
Comrade Ugwoke said, “The situation is that JAC is not resuming work at all, no work for tomorrow (today). As far as JAC is concerned, the strike continues and any university that is putting up programme is wasting its time because we are going to tighten up situation.
“JAC has already ruled that there will be no going back until government does what is needful and government knows that.”