Written by Ateed YUSUF

Non-payment of salary: UniAbuja staffers embark on hunger strike

Staff of University of Abuja International Secondary School, Giri-Gwagwalada, has embarked on hunger strike and prayers seeking for God’s intervention to resolve their salaries predicament.

Narrating their ordeal on behalf of his colleagues, the school counsellor Mr. Solomon Obiagwu who observed the strike sitting at the entrance of the University’s staff quarters carrying a placard with inscription “Protest against victimisation of 32 secondary school teachers, impunity and insensitivity by the management of University of Abuja.”

He lamented over the negligence of the management of the institution for its refusal to come to the aid their aid and settle their eleven month salary arrears noted that the act subjected them to hardship to include inability to pay rent, children school fees and eat three square meal per day.

The counsellor reminded the management of the University that they remained staff of the University employed in 2009 even as he tasked the management as a matter of urgency to integrate them into the University’s pay roll.

Obiagwu revealed that the problem started last year when the federal ministry of education directed the universities to fund their staff school through Internal Generated Revenue, IGR, due to the short fall in the allocation coming from government coffers.

He enjoined stakeholders and Authorities concerned to persuade the management of the University to do the needful noted that other Universities had since converted such workers into their pay Rolland wonder why UniAbuja management remained adamant after several letters written to  the Vice-chancellor and the University’s governing council.  

Also lending his voice, Ogunbiyi David challenged the action of the management for the non-payment of their eleven months alary beginning from January this year noted that they have not violated terms of their employment agreement.

when contacted the information officer of the University Mallam Waziri Garba  siad that the affected staff were disengaged since last year but they refused to collect their letters instead they continue to  come to the school for  work.

He noted that at the interim the university decided to engage the services of the youth corps members whom were prevented by the disengage staff.

Waziri also pointed out that the management issue a circular advising them to re apply but he worker refused to comply with the directive after which efforts made by the management to transfer their services  to the FCT Universal Basic Education Board was unsuccessful.


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