Varsity workers begin protest over sharing formula of N22.1bn allowance
Varsity workers begin protest over sharing formula of N22.1bn allowance. University workers under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions will on Wednesday begin a three-day nationwide protest over the sharing formula for the N22.1 billion earned allowance promised by the Federal Government.
The PUNCH reports that the Federal Government had promised to pay a total of N22.17 billion naira for staff members of federal universities.
The sharing formula for the money meant for members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, SSANU and NASU have been generating controversies.
The directive to begin the protest that will end on Friday was contained in a circular addressed to all branch chairmen of NASU and SSANU, a copy of which was sighted by our correspondent on Tuesday.
The circular signed by NASU’s Secretary-General, Peters Adeyemi; and SSANU’s National President, Muhammed Ibrahim, partly reads, “The National Joint Action committee of NASU and SSANU held a zoom meeting on Monday, November 8, 2021, to review the latest development in our universities and inter-university centers.
“We have decided that all our branches should mandatorily call a general meeting of NASU and SSANU on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, and from there commence a three-day protest from Wednesday, November 10, 2021, to Friday, November 12, 2021.
“The protest should be centered on the proposed provocative sharing formula to be used for the next tranche of N22.17 billion to be released by the Federal government at the rate of 75 percent to academic and 25 percent to non-teaching staff.
“It should also be centered on the refusal of the Federal government to pay the arrears of the minimum wage consequential agreement as at the last meeting with the Federal Government on August 26, 2021.”
The leadership asked that the protest should be within the campuses and that each branch should determine the activities that will be carried out on each day of the protest.