- The NASU chapter of Nigeria French Language Village complained that five inter-university centres complained of being omitted from N8bn earned allowance disbursed to federal institutions
- The NASU chairman in the institution, John Zannu, said the affected centres had written to the headquarters of NASU to register their grievances
- Zannu also called for the federal government’s intervention in the disbursement of the funds
The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Nigeria French Language Village Branch, has decried the omission of five inter-university centres from the disbursement of earned allowances to federal institutions.
John Zannu, NASU chairman in the institution, made the complaint at a news conference in Badagry, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NASU had on October 15 commended the federal government for the approval of additional N8 billion for payment of “earned allowances” to non-teaching staff in universities.
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According to him, five inter-university centres which are under NASU were omitted from the disbursement of N23 billion in 2017 and the recently released N8 billion.
Zannu appealed to the federal government to intervene on behalf of these centres on the recently released N8 billion earned allowance to federal institutions.
He listed the affected centres to include Nigeria French Language Village, Badagry; National Mathematical Centre, Abuja; National Institute of Nigeria Languages, Aba in Abia.
Others are Arabic Language Village, Gamburu Ugala, Borno and Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka.
Zannu said that the five centres under NASU, SSANU and ASUU had an agreement with the government in 2009 over the earned allowances.
“Consequently, the federal government released the sum of N80 million to Nigeria French Village branch in 2013 and same applies to the 25 federal universities.
“But surprisingly, we have not got any money since then. We started having meetings with relevant agencies and authority.
“In 2017, the sum of N23 billion was released by the federal government to ASUU for earned allowances to take care of the outstanding.
“ASUU took N19 billion and released N4 billion remaining to NASU to share. When the money was shared by NASU, none of the five centres benefited from the disbursement.
“We thought that if another disbursement comes, we will get what belongs to us.
“Again, government released another N8 billion toward the end of 2018 to ASUU, but nothing was given to the five centres.
“As we speak, the whole N8 billion had been shared by the 25 federal institutions and nothing was given to us.
“The money was meant for ASUU, SSANU and NASU. This is injustice and we are not going to accept it.
“When the federal government was implementing the agreement, our members benefited from it, but now that they are sending it to ASUU, they have suddenly removed our names,” he said.
Zannu said that the centres had written to the headquarters of NASU to register their grievances, urging them to do something about the injustice.
The chairman urged the federal government to handle the payment, adding that when it handled it in 2013, all institutions benefited from the allowance.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said the government must show proof of payment of at least N50 billion revitalisation funds for it to consider suspending the on-going strike.
ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known to newsmen on Sunday, January 20, in Ibadan ahead the union’s meeting with the federal government on Monday, January 21.
Ogunyemi added that ASUU had said only concrete evidence of implementation by the government would make its members return to the classrooms.
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