Lecturers under the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos state chapter have asked the Federal Government to pay all its earned academic allowances since 2009.
The union made this demand in a bulletin signed by its secretary, Dr. Ton Dansu and the assistant secretary, Dr. Adeolu Oyekan and made available to News Men on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, in Lagos.
According to the bulletin, the EAA was a product of the ASUU/Federal Government Agreement of 2009, which redefined the minimum benchmark for University administration in Nigeria.
The bulletin reads in parts; “The EAA, it should be noted, was part of the negotiated emolument of academic staff whose payment was deferred by the university when it started to implement the new salary structure.
“No one in his wildest of imagination expects the university to accumulate the allowances spanning a period of almost a decade.”
The union stressed further that the ongoing renegotiation between ASUU and the Federal Government had to do with the need to improve the conditions agreed to in 2009 which was long overdue for review.
Reacting, the university’s spokesman, Mr. Ademola Adekoya, told NAN that the issues of the unpaid EAA predate the tenure of the current vice-chancellor.
“The unpaid Earned Academic Allowances predated the assumption of Fagbohun to office and has been lingering since 2009 when the Federal Government agreed with ASUU that the allowances will be paid.
“Since then, nothing was paid, before the vice-chancellor was appointed in 2016, and when he came on board, he met a lot of unpaid salary arrears, denied promotions and that became his priority.
“He cannot just come and begin to pay earned academic allowances and leave promotion and salary arrears unpaid,” he added.