From GODWIN AGIA, Jalingo
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non-Academic Staff of University (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Taraba State University Jalingo on Friday protested at the university premises over non-payment of their salaries and hazard allowances.
The university staff, in their protest letter presented to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sunday Bako, demanded the payment of the outstanding salary balances of March and June 2022 and payment of the outstanding responsibility and hazard allowances for September 2021.
They also demanded the payment of the 75% outstanding third party deductions of October 2021, payment of the outstanding full salaries of July to December, 2022 and payment of the outstanding promotion arrears of the non academic staff.
They equally requested for the payment of the Earned Administrative Allowances (EAA) for non-teaching staff on a ratio of 50:50 with the academic staff and the review of the usurpation of headship that are meant for the non-academic staff by the academic staff of (1), University Farm Manager, (ll) University Admission Officer (lll) Director CBT (iV) Director ICT (V) Director Sport.
Mr. Solomon Ishaya Audu, the NASU Chairman and Bitrus Joseph Ajibauka the SSANU Chairman, noted that pursuant to the above and in the interest of industrial harmony, the JAC of the university is calling on the Council and the Management to do the needful as a matter of necessity to alleviate the hardship of the aggrieved members.
The union however appreciated the university Council and Management for the payment of February, 2022 salary.
Addressing the protesting staff, , the Vice Chancellor,, Prof. Sunday Bako assured that the university management and the government were working hard to meet the staff legitimate demands.
Bako said; “We are working hard to meet your legitimate demands, I understand that for over years, it has been the students’ fees the university has been using to meet the staff full salaries.
“Ever since I took over as the Vice Chancellor, students have not been on campus until few months ago. The usual N120 million from the government cannot meet up our full salaries. I want to appeal for more patience so we can have students on campus and be able to have our full salaries”.