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ASUU leaders in UI allege threat to lives as unions protest over allowances

ASUU leaders in UI allege threat to lives as unions protest over allowances

- Protesting workers on Tuesday, November, 28 paralysed academic and administrative activities on the campus of the University of Ibadan (UI)

- The workers protested the disparity in the allowances released by the federal government for the academic and non-academic staff of the university

- They allegedly shut down all four gates leading to the institutions over the allowances

Chairman and secretary University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Deji Omole and Peter Olapegba have alleged threat to their lives over issues of earned academic allowances.

The Nation reports that the duo in a letter titled “Threat to Life”, addressed to the Chairman of the Council on Security and copied to divisional police officer Sango, stated that they have been receiving verbal threats to their lives on issues related to allowances of their colleagues.

They said: ''We have been receiving verbal threat to lives hinged on the issues of earned academic allowances in the last few days. You may wish to investigate and take serious steps to secure the lives of our members”.

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It was learnt that academic and non-academic activities at the university were paralysed as non-teaching staff of the institution protested against disparity in federal government disbursed earned allowances/earned academic allowances.

The federal government was said to have disbursed the sum of N18.3billion to pay for earned academic Allowances of twenty-two universities for 2009/2010 while the sum of N4.6billion were allocated to Non-teaching Staff in twenty-four universities.

It was gathered that out of these amount, University of Ibadan academic staff got N1.6 billion for earned academic allowances while non-teaching staff were allocated N105 million.

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Vice chancellor of the institution professor Idowu Olayinka however called a meeting of union executives over the payment of the allowances Monday evening.

Olayinka intimated them of the letter he received from the federal government with stipulated amount for academic staff and the other for non-teaching, assuring he would follow the directive.

Meanwhile, had reported that the ASUU was set to review its agreement with the federal government.

The union in a fresh move is planning to hold its National Executive Council meeting this week to review the memorandum of action it signed with the federal government before calling off its strike some months ago.

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