The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), has been able to drag the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Adeola Fuwape before an Akure National Industrial Court (NIC) over alleged illegal misappropriation of Earned Allowances to undeserving staff without recourse to the 2009 Federal Government/Union Agreement.
Justice Abiola Adewemimo, the presiding Judge granted an exparte order, restraining the management of FUTA from spending or disbursing the third tranche of the earned allowance released by the FG pending the determination of the case.
Iyiola Afolabi, Lawyer to NAAT, FUTA brance had prayed that the court to grant the interim injunction to enable plaintiffs to put the institution’s Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on notice over the litigation.
Alex Omoraka, NAAT, FUTA branch chairman, while speaking with newsmen after the court’s sitting, alleged that the institution’s management had been breaching the Union’s agreement with government on categories of staff entitled to benefit from the earned allowance.
“It is on record that the Federal Government has queried FUTA Management on illegal disbursement of N30 bn earlier released. FUTA is the first university to repeat this illegality in the recently release of N8bn for the payment of Earned Allowances to deserving staff members,” he said.
He further stated that the staff that received payment should all be made to refund the payment with immediate effect as corruption in the name of Earned Allowances must be stopped.
The court subsequently adjourned the next hearing of the case till February 13, 2019 while all parties were to maintain status quo.
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