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SSANU Distorting Facts On Varsity Staff Schools ­–NUC

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh, Abuja

THE National Universities Commission (NUC) has called the bluff of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) over allegation that the commission was behind attempts to remove salaries of university staff primary schools from the payroll of universities.

NUC’s Director, Information and Public Relations, Ibrahim Yakasai, who reacted to the development on Friday June 26, 2015 in Abuja, accused SSANU of deliberately distorting the facts and misleading the public on the true position of the university staff primary schools.

Recall that Federal Government has over the years shouldered the payment of about 24 staff schools established by federal government agencies within some of the universities in Nigeria.

It was also alleged that most of the universities, rather than run the staff schools as private entities, built-in the cost of staff payment and other allowances into their annual budget and submit to NUC.

SSANU had on Thursday, led a protest march at University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), where they called for the sack of the NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie.

The universities based union had also threatened to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike in the event that government reneges in rescinding its decision on the university staff primary schools.

NUC said the unions are privy to a circular dated August 28,2014 with reference No SWC/S/04/S446/T2/85 which was also addressed to both the executive, legislative and judicial arms of government, titled “Funding of Staff Schools Established by the Federal Government Institutions.”

Yakasai argued that part of the decision to remove university staff primary school from the payroll of public universities as contained in the circular was in the interest of minimising the recurrent expenditure of the Federal Government.

He noted that staff schools are established by MDAs as private enterprises and should therefore be funded by the institutions that established them without transferring the burden of their wage bill to the Federal Government.

According to NUC, rather than distort the facts, SSANU should channel its grievances to the Implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC) set up last year to resolve these issues as well as the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission.

“Ordinarily, the NUC would not join issues with a trade union operating in institutions that the commission regulate. “However, where there is clear and concerted effort to distort facts calculated to tarnish the hard earned image of the Commission and its leadership, the NUC would not fold its arms and allow such misrepresentation of facts to remain in the public domain.

“Some MDAs which have staff schools are funding the salaries and allowances of the staff of such schools from the federal budget.

“This action has led to further increase in the wage bill of the government at this time when the nation is thinking on how to minimise recurrent expenditure in favour of capital,” Yakasai stated.