- National Association of Academic Technologists has reacted to the queries issued to some universities vice chancellors
- The queries were issued to the vice chancellors following an alleged misappropriation of staff allowance
- Reacting, the group called for the immediate refund of the misappropriation fund from the erring vice chancellors
Following the issuance of queries to some indicted vice chancellors of public universities by the federal government, the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has hailed what it called government's timely reaction.
The Punch reports that NAAT, through a communique issued by its chairman, Sani Suleima, and the general secretary, Hamilton Iyoyo, after its national executive meeting in Abuja, commended the government.
Legit.ng gathers that the group also lamented the large scale of corruption in the public universities, calling on the federal government to sanction the indicted vice chancellors.
It would be recalled that President Buhari ordered the immediate investigation of some universities vice chancellors following the submission of a forensic audit of the N30 billion earned allowances released to the schools in 2014.
Reacting to the development, NAAT also commended the federal government for releasing N8 billion earned allowances to the non-teaching staff of federal universities.
It also called for the immediate refund of the misappropriated funds from the erring vice chancellors, adding that subsequent disbursement of funds should be sent to the appropriate quarters.
Part of the communique read: “Government should go beyond the queries and sanction vice-chancellors found culpable, appropriately.
''Also, university staff that received what was not due to them should be made to refund same. NAAT commends the federal government for the recently released N8 billion for payment of earned allowances to non-teaching staff of federal universities.
“The union hereby calls on the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, to ensure that the disbursement actually goes to deserving staff, strictly in compliance with the agreements signed between the FG and the respective non-teaching staff unions.”
NAAT also admonished the vice chancellors on the need to ensure that funds are appropriately distributed to the deserving university staff without fear or favour.
The group advised the vice chancellors of federal universities not to allow themselves to be intimidated or pressured into paying the money to undeserving staff.
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"NAAT stands by the templates derived from the respective agreements, which the unions signed with FG in 2009 and which was tendered at the Joint Action Committee of the non-academic staff unions’ meeting with National University Commission (NUC) officials on December 20, 2018," it added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos State University (LASU) chapter, had demanded the payment of accumulated earned academic allowance unpaid since 2009 to lecturers in the institution.
The union’s demand was captured in its bulletin on Tuesday, December 18, in Lagos.
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