The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared that the teaching staff of the University of Ilorin and University of Nigeria, Nsuka (UNN) will remain excluded from enjoining the Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) being paid to lecturers in the federal governments-owned tertiary institutions for their extra workload.
The chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, who disclosed this in Ibadan during an interaction with members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, said the only condition to get them included was to go through the ASUU.
The federal government had recently released a sum of N23b as EAA balance payment for the year 2009 and 2010.
Though all federal universities workers benefited from the initial N30b released as part payment for the period during President Goodluck Jonathan regime, the duo of Unilorin and UNN were excluded when the balance was released.
Omole said this was so because the teaching staff in the two universities did not present their claims to the government when they were asked to do so.
The ASUU had suspended its UNN chapter over its refusal to join a national strike, while body has no executive in Unilorin for now.
These situations have denied the teaching staff of the two universities from presenting their claims as they have to be routed through the ASUU.
Besides, the jumbo pay has also caused disaffection between the ASUU and non-teaching staff of universities who are currently on a nationwide strike over allegation that they were being shortchanged in the naira rain.
But Omole said the non-teaching colleagues are only being economical with the truth, insisting that they were not factored into the sum.
“We only ceded the little percentage paid to some of them to ensure industrial harmony in the universities.
” They never submitted any claim for verification and so they were not to benefit from the money,” he said.
The ASUU leader, who also accused the successive governments in Nigeria of insincerity, said the lecturers have no reason to embark on incessant strikes if government honour agreements made with them.
According to him, many of the ills being noticed in the Nigerian system only show that the political class are not bothered about the welfare of the suffering masses.
He also called for sustained collaboration between the university teachers and journalists to ensure proper political consciousness among Nigerians through proper orientation that would empower the people to always put their leaders to task on issues that affect them and their well-being.