SENIOR Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, has expressed worries over what they described as unjust sharing of the N40billion earned allowances, approved for the universities unions, saying the federal government should ensure fairness.
SSANU president, Mohammed Ibrahim, said recently that his union would resist the introduction of any other payment platform “except the one being conceived by the Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union.”
He also warned the government to be “wary of any group or union that would present any payment platform apart from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, which is the one recognized by the government to curb corruption within the system.”
Ibrahim said the federal government has no business sharing money with the unions as each university has a governing council which is the employer of all workers and the highest policy-making body of each university.
He said the university administration through the registry and bursary units has the responsibility of knowing who should earn what, and advised the government to channel whatever amount they are giving through the councils.
Ibrahim insisted that the government “must either do right and treat all unions equitably or be ready to face another round of industrial unrest in the university system.
“We are ready to take the government head-on if an unjust disbursement of earned allowances is contemplated.
“The government should be ready to face the full wrath of SSANU and the outcome may be an eye-opener for those who have always underestimated SSANU and assume that the welfare of the non-teaching unions can be treated with levity at the expense of other categories of staff. I wish to tell people who think that way that they may be in for a shocker,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Senate of the University of Ibadan says it has elected Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola as the new acting vice-chancellor of the university.
The UI director of public communication, Olatunji Oladejo, confirmed the election of Ekanola.
“It is confirmed that Prof Ekanola, current Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics has been elected the new acting vice-chancellor,” he said.
Ekanola, who is the current deputy vice-chancellor, Academics was elected on Monday – the same day the tenure of Prof. Idowu Olayinka, expired as the VC of the 72-year-old university.