The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Lagos State University (LASU), has demanded the payment of accumulated Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) unpaid since 2009 to lecturers of the institution.
According to Vanguard News, the union’s demand is captured in its bulletin which was obtained by Newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
The demands, according to the bulletin, signed by the union’s secretary, Dr. Tony Dansu and the Assistant Secretary, Dr. Adeolu Oyekan, indicated that the EAA was a product of the ASUU/Federal Government Agreement of 2009, which redefined the minimum benchmark for university administration in Nigeria.
“The EAA, It should be noted, was part of the negotiated emolument of academic staff whose payment was deferred by the university when it started to implement the new salary structure.
“No one in his wildest of imagination expects the university to accumulate the allowances spanning a period of over almost a decade,” ASUU-LASU stated.
The union added by saying that it had raised the issue with the current Vice-Chancellor and forwarded components of the allowances to him when he suggested that the university had no understanding of them.
“This has since followed numerous reminders but the VC has not for once responded and it is on this basis that the union executives decided in line with congress directive to take the case to public domain,” it added.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, said EAA had been of the flashpoints of the nationwide ASUU strike in recent years.