The management of the University of Lagos has accused the leadership of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, of deliberate falsehood and misinformation on some issues affecting the academic community.
The issues, according to a statement issued by the Registrar and Secretary to Governing Council of the University of Lagos, Dr. Taiwo Folasade Ipaye, are earned allowances, pension deduction, and 13th month salary.
On earned allowances, the university said following series of negotiations the Federal Government in 2013 released funds for the first tranche to all the universities for the partial implementation of the allowances that are to be earned by each cadre of personnel which was subsequently disbursed at the University of Lagos, by a committee comprising members of all the four unions, based on the agreed template.
The statement also explained that “pension is normally deducted from all Federal Government workers salaries at source and the amount deducted reflected on payslips for individuals’ records while no deduction is effected in UNILAG in respect of the Contributory Pension other than the one deducted at source by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, OAGF, in Abuja, before salary grant is released.
On the 13th month salary, it said request for the provision of a 13th month salary should be directed to the government as it was not provided for by the Federal Government in the personnel emolument disbursed to the University.
The university expressed dismay that despite the report of the committee set up to resolve the issues following a meeting between the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the four unions in the university and management held on June 25, 2015, a 7-day ultimatum was given to the university to pay and implement the Earned Allowances as recommended and signed by Joint Action Committee on Revenue.”
According to the statement, “the ultimatum did not take into consideration the fact that the report was yet to be presented to either Management or the body which set up the Committee for review”, adding that “it is quite worrisome that their leaders have resorted to misinforming their members as well as going on air with misinformation and blackmail all in their bid to arm-twist the Management”.