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'Pay our four months' deducted salaries' – Varsity workers to Tinubu

Non-teaching staff of universities in the country have been tasked by the previous government by President Bola Tinubu to pay their four months' deducted salaries.

The workers, under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), made the plea during their National Executive Council meeting.

According to members of the union, the fund would help their members celebrate their Christmas as expected.

The chairman of the association, Mohammed Ibrahim, in a statement at the end of the meeting, also urged Tinubu to fulfill his promise of the N35,000 wage award.

President Tinubu, a few weeks ago, ordered that the withheld salaries be paid to university staff, but both academic and non-academic staff are yet to receive the payment.

The SSANU President said in the statement: “NEC-in-session recognized the approval of the government to pay the four months salaries of our members which were withheld as a result of the latest industrial action taken by the Union.

“NEC, during the session, deliberated on the government's inordinate delay in paying the four months' salaries and therefore urged the government to pay the money without further delay. This is to boost our members' already declining confidence in the government.”

The union leader also joined his counterpart in the ASUU to applaud the recent withdrawal of the universities from the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) payment platform, describing it as a good step in the right direction.

He further stated: “NEC-in-session appreciates the decision of the Federal Government to exempt all tertiary institutions from IPPIS. However, while this decision is commended, it encourages the government to critically consult university management and trade unions on a workable, reliable, seamless and acceptable approach to the transition to the new regime, to take into account the peculiarities of university employees.

“This is with a view to avoiding the complex problems that have plagued the use of IPPIS. NEC therefore urges the government to consider enhancing the old system with some of the latest features in the U3PS payment solution presented to it by the JAC of SSANU and NASU.”

Ibrahim, in his reaction to the wage allocation promised by the Federal Government, said: “NEC-in-session recalls the government’s approval to increase salaries of university employees by 25% and 35%.

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“Although this proposal is far from the salary increase demanded by SSANU, we considered it a reward from the government and therefore expected that the reward should have been implemented by now.”

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