The Bauchi Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday guaranteed that 129 of its individuals in the zone were being owed pay unpaid debts going from two to thirteen months by the Federal Government.
The guarantee was made by the Bauchi Zonal Coordinator of the Union, Professor Lawal Garba Abubakar, while tending to writers not long after its gathering at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, ASUU secretariat.
The influenced individuals, as per the zonal organizer, were from the University of Jos, ATBU and Federal University, Kashere.
He educated that 95 speakers from UniJos, 16 from ATBU and 18 from Federal University, Kashere were affected.
He credited the issue to the Integrated Personnel Payment System (IPPS), proclaiming that what the Federal Government is doing is intentional taking of its individuals’ salaries.
Abubakar asserted that since the presentation of IPPIS in February 2020, ASUU individuals were persistently being excluded from the installments of compensations on month to month basis.
“The irregularities saw in the use of the IPPIS in the installments of pay rates, settlements of outsider derivations have proceeded in all the Federal Universities.
“Since the presentation of IPPIS in February 2020, our individuals have kept on being discarded from the installments of pay on month to month premise. This is the circumstance across all the Federal colleges in the country.
“Every month when compensation is paid, an alternate arrangement of staff will have their names excluded from the installment for that specific month.
“As we talk now, around 95 speakers from the University of Jos are being owed pay unpaid debts of two to 13 months. It is a similar circumstance in ATBU,16, Bauchi and Federal University of Kashere, 18,” the Bauchi zonal facilitator said.
He added that the improvement is conscious exploitation of ASUU individuals by the IPPIS office to disappoint the UTAS installment framework settled upon by the Union and the Federal Government.
“This is intentional and sums to the exploitation of ASUU individuals by IPPIS Office as a ploy to drive them to enlist, accordingly baffling the execution of UTAS as concurred before the strike was suspended in 2020,” he submitted.
Prof Abubakar said the Union was holding the Minister of Labor, Dr Chris Ngige, liable for the waiting emergency in ASUU, asserting that the pastor has would not act to end the emergency because of reasons most popular to him.
Abubakar while requesting to know whether a few people were taking care of fat on consultancy and upkeep charges on IPPIS, educated that a few classes regarding instructors were being been strongly resigned by IPPIS
He said this was being done through the sudden stoppage of their compensations in clear infringement of the Universities Miscellaneous Act of 2012.
“The inquiries that need replies here are: Are a few people taking care of fat on the significant expense of support and consultancy charges on IPPIS as against the unreservedly created and more effective UTAS that has dealt with the college quirks, in accordance with surviving laws? Could this be the justification behind the foot-hauling by FGN to send UTAS in the universities?”
“One other upsetting pattern we wish to bring to the public space is that Professors and Readers (Associate Professors), who should resign at 70 years old years, are currently being strongly resigned by IPPIS through the unexpected stoppage of their compensations disregarding the Universities Miscellaneous Act of 2012.”
While educating that pay rates being paid to instructors are not similar with their positions dependent on the overarching pay table, Abubakar said, “what we have been enduring is a robbery on our pay rates; others call it amputation.”
He further guaranteed that teachers’ advancements are not carried out on schedule, adding that in any event, when executed, unpaid debts are not effectively paid.
The zonal organizer additionally drew the consideration of general society to the disappointment of the Federal Government to carry out the Memorandum of Agreement it endorsed with the association in 2020.
“We are tormented to carry these issues to the public in light of the fact that over nine months in the wake of suspending the 2020 strike, the public authority has again reneged on the FGN-ASUU 2020 MoA.
“The association is presently left with no decision than to enact its system of continuing the restrictively suspended strike if these issues are not tended to before we close our inner processes.”
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