Non-academics set for showdown with academics over earned allowance sharing formula

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There are indications that another showdown with non-academics would follow in the days ahead after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) eventually signs agreement with the federal government to end its eight month old strike.

The last meeting between ASUU and the government saw both parties resolving on accepting N70 billion for univerisites.

But the sharing formula with non-academics in universities might just be another issue to resolve.

Fresh threats by the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) to cripple activities on campuses over earn allowances sharing have emerged.

The President of the SSANU, Mohammed Haruna, at a briefing in Abuja noted that the claim by the ASUU that any released earned allowances by the government is only for lecturers is laughable.

Haruna has also been criticising the Federal Ministry of Education in yet to be resolved issues surrounding the 80 and 20 per cent sharing formula in previously released earned allowances to all university staff.

On the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) SSANU is threatening to shut down universities, should the government try to subject it to an alternative payment platform being proposed by the ASUU, which is the Universities Transpiracy and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

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The SSANU and the Non-Teaching Staff of Nigerian Universities (NASU), which have also rejected the IPPIS for failing to capture their peculiarities are also pushing for their own alternative; the University General Peculiar Payroll and Personnel System (UG3PS).

The Federal Government had met with the ASUU severally since it began a strike in March, with the outcome of the last engagement likely to force the lecturers back to the classrooms, but a threat by the SSANU and NASU may cause a set back and quash the hope of returning to school this year for highly anticipating students.

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