The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has urged the federal government to ensure transparency in the disbursement of N8billion meant for settlement of arrears of earned allowances.
The Union said the funds are to be disbursed to members who successfully scaled through a recent forensic audit carried out by public universities management across the country.
Rising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, the Technologist, commended the federal government for the recently released N8billion which was part of the 2009 agreement reached with the federal government.
In the communiqué signed by NAAT President, Comrade Sani Suleiman, the union also warned Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities not to allow themselves to be intimidated or pressured into paying the money to undeserving staff.
“NAAT stands by the templates derived from the respective agreements which the Unions signed with FGN in 2009 – as was tendered at the Joint Action Committee (JAC) Unions meeting with NUC officials on 20th December, 2018.” the communiqué stated.
“The union hereby calls on the Minister of Education to ensure that the disbursement actually goes to deserving staff and strictly in compliance with the agreement signed between the government of Nigeria and the respective non-teaching staff unions.
However, NAAT expressed deep concern over non implementation of an agreement it had with the federal government, saying, “Ten (10) years after signing of the 2009 FGN/NAAT Agreement, it is yet to be fully implemented, especially in the area of Earned Allowances. NAAT therefore, calls on FGN to mainstream Earned Allowances with monthly salaries effective 2019 national budget, to avoid further accumulation of arrears.”
On the other hand, the Association lamented the deteriorating state of security in the country. “NAAT is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in the country, from the undying Boko Haram activities in the North-East and the escalating activities of bandits in the North-West, particularly in Zamfara State, to widespread incidents of kidnappings and armed robbery. The security situation can be described as alarming. NAAT calls on government and the security agencies in particular to up their game; re-strategize and ensure greater security for the citizenry especially in this election year.”
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