Why All The Drama At Michael Okpara University of Agriculture?
The Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, comprising of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non Academic Staff Union, NASU and National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, have staged a protest in the school premises.
They are demanding that the Federal Government or Vice Chancellor pay them their full salaries.
The SSANU chairman of the university, Comrade Ken Njoku who said the essence of the protest is to register their displeasure over the payment of fractional salaries to members since January 2017, stated that the neglect of their request by the Vice Chancellor is long overdue.
“We are here today to say no to percentage salary which the staff of the university have endured over the years. Since January 2016 no staff of the institution has received full salary. On monthly basis, we get different percentages, we cannot explain what is responsible for this.
“From our investigation, it is only Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike that is paying fractional salary in the country. There is no other university that is doing this to their staff, we were told last year that we are overstaffed but at the moment, 800 staff were suspended, yet nothing has changed.
Njoku, who noted that members have faced unbearable circumstances because of the situation, threatened that the union would shut down the university until all the outstanding debts are paid.
“There is always a story to tell us, from budget, staff population and many others but we want the management, the council, the federal government and whoever is responsible for this development to know that enough is enough and we are going to shut down the university till our demands are met. Even our arears from the deductions since two years now must be paid including our check out dues.”
When contacted on the phone, the university's Public Relations Officer, Adanma Odefa confirmed the situation, noting that the shortfall is from the federal government and explained that the institution would not for any reason slash the salary of its workforce.
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