N23bn Allowance: UNILORIN ASUU Accuses Education Ministry of Sidelining

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LECTURERS at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), have said that they are being left out of the N23 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) released by government last week to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) because they did not go on strike.

The allowance was said to be in partial fulfilment of the agreement between the ASUU and federal government.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Monday over the development, chairman of the university’s branch of the union, Dr Usman Raheem, expressed dismay that teachers who did not go on strike for 18 years were being deprived of an allowance meant to compensate those who worked while their counterparts who were perennially on strike were being paid.

Dr Raheem, whose branch has not been recognised by the ASUU national body since 2001, said that the ministry of Education and its parastatals had been hijacked by the national ASUU to the detriment of well meaning academics.

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The UNILORIN ASUU leader also said that he had received series of complaint from his members in the last one week, calling on the National Assembly to wade into the matter to forestall a situation where members of the branch would be pushed to the wall.

He however ruled out strike as an option by the union to press home the demand.

His words: “After so many attempts at frustrating us and bringing us to their fold by force and not by dialogue, they have now found an ally in the Federal ministry of education. As I talk to you now, the federal ministry of Education has been taken over by ASUU national. Everywhere is now being controlled by ASUU national.

“To the extent that they now dictate who should be given the federal government approved earned academic allowance. So they shared N23 billion to ASSU by the federal government and they excluded two universities, ASUU of UNILORIN and ASUU of UNN and the excuse they gave when we began to fire from several angles was that it was because what we submitted was faulty.

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