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Protests by two non-academic unions at the University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday gave extreme reasons for their activities on the university campus.

The unions – the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) – locked the UI gates and closed offices and classrooms across the campus because the institution’s management didn’t meet their requirements had met.

AmazingReveal.com understands that the development has brought the ongoing exams of the second semester to a standstill for the 2018/2019 session in Nigeria’s oldest institution for awarding degrees.

The chairman of SSANU UI, Mr. Wale Akinremi, threatened that industrial action would continue until the university administration gave in to their demands.

He found that the initial seven and 14 day ultimatum had expired and the institution’s management had not yet submitted their bids.

He said the demands are the full reinstatement of school teachers, the cessation of illegal pension deductions, and the continuation of their October growth, which ceased in 2019.

According to him, other demands include the appointment of SSANU members to the disciplinary committee to process their members or to deal with their case.

“As well as stopping the arbitrary redeployment of high-ranking employees when there are problems as if they were messengers; Even messengers may not be used again anyway.

“UI management uses autocratic power to deal with our members,” he said.

NASU Chairman Malachy Etim also said the indefinite strike was necessary because all channels of communication were unsuccessful.

In his words: “We had a meeting with the UI management on Tuesday and told them about our plight.

“Current management lacks the system of communicating with us.

“You will write two to four letters and none will be recognized, let alone answering the questions raised.”

UI management requires restrictions

In response to demands from non-academics, UI Chancellor Olubunmi Faluyi appealed to unionists to put some restrictions on them while pushing their demands home.

Faluyi appealed that non-academics should consider students who were already in the middle of their semester exams.

“Since we are in loco parentis to the students who are also our future alumni /
Alumnae, we shouldn’t do anything that would add further pain to your psyche. “

It also responded to some of the requests from SSANU and NASU.

Regarding overtime / shift bonuses, she said that this is no longer a payroll item and “cannot be paid along with the monthly salary for this purpose”.

According to her, overtime and shift allowances are paid from internally generated earnings (IGR).

At a management meeting with representatives of the two unions, she announced that the university would cost between 3 and 4 million naira each month.

That from November 2019 has already been paid. She promised that the remaining two months would also be paid.

When raising in October, she said the scholarship department had to calculate the financial cost of the increase.

To this end, she appealed that the scholarship and internal auditors may work in their offices to do so.

In the meantime, management has already estimated that the cost was about 28 million naira per month considering that there are three months to pay.

The university promised to pay the one month as soon as the financial impact is calculated, while the other two months will be paid soon after.

UI Staff School teachers are expected to receive the agreed 75%. One month (October 2019) has already been paid in the last few days.

“Management is required to pay the outstanding three months by the first week of March at the latest,” she added.

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