Sokoto Varsity Senior Staff Demand 25% Pay Rise

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) of Sokoto State University, on Sunday, called on the state government and the management of the university to immediately implement a 25 per cent salary increment for its members.

In a press statement by its Chairman, Ismail Bala Muhammad, and Secretary, Mansur Ahmad, the union said the state should take a cue from the Federal Government on the 25 per cent pay rise for university workers.

“We also advocate the prompt implementation of the 25 per cent salary increment as implemented by the Federal Government in all tertiary institutions in the country.

“This increment is crucial to alleviate financial burdens and improve the livelihoods of our members who have long awaited this overdue adjustment,” the union said.

The union said it was important for the government and the university management to prioritise the welfare of workers.

“We express concern and call the attention of the state government to distorted union dues deduction, which is greatly affecting the daily operations of the union and our members.

“The dues are being deducted from our salaries and sent to our union. As of the time of the past administration, the second tenure, we had challenges concerning our union dues, the deductions being made were withheld, for seven months.

“Several dialogues with some personnel at the ministry of finance and also through the Nigeria Labour Congress to receive the disbursement of the dues for seven months proved abortive,” the statement noted.

It lamented that the situation had continued with the new administration in the institution.

“The same is being experienced in this administration, where our union remittance has been paid in half for the past five months.

“We demand transparency and accountability in the management and remittance of our union dues, to ensure that all deductions are accurately accounted for and utilised for the benefit of our members” the union stated.

It further urged the state government to fulfill its commitments regarding the payment of earned allowances to eligible staff members.

It also underscored the significance of continuous staff training and development initiatives to enhance professional skills and competencies among university staff members.

“We urge the state government to allocate adequate resources and support for staff training programmes to promote excellence in teaching, research, and administrative functions,” it added.

The union also called on the state government for the implementation of palliative measures and wage awards to help cushion the impact of the petrol subsidy removal.

“Our colleagues at the federal universities have long enjoyed the wage award of N35,000 for six months.

“The state government should also follow suit in paying six-month wage award arrears to our members, particularly in the light of the challenging economic conditions in the country.”


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