UI orders payment of N1.6bn allowance to academic staff


The Governing Council of the University of Ibadan has directed the bursar of the school, Michael Alatise, to pay the earned academic allowances released by the Federal Government to beneficiaries immediately.

Hundreds of non-academic staff of the university recently paralysed academic and administrative activities in the school as they expressed their displeasure over the sharing formula of the N1.7bn earned allowance paid to the school by the Federal Government.

The workers locked the gates leading to the school premises, which caused a gridlock on Sango-Ojoo road, with thousands of motorists trapped in the gridlock while others were forced to take alternative routes to their destinations.

The workers were unhappy because while the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities got N1.6bn of the money, the three unions which the non academic staff belong to got only N105m.

At a meeting of the council, which was presided over by the chairman, Nde Waklek, a three-man committee was raised to decide on how the N105m belonging to the non-teaching staff would be shared.

The council appealed to the striking workers to go back to work while negotiation would continue at the national level between leaders of the Joint Action Congress and the FG.

The council resolved that appropriate sanctions would be taken against any of the school’s employee that infringed on the extant guidelines and rules of the university, while also warning against harassment of people and locking of gates during protests and strikes by the staff.


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