The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University chapter, has demanded the payment of accumulated Earned Academic Allowance unpaid since 2009 to lecturers in the institution. The union’s demand is captured in its bulletin. The demands, signed by signed by its 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. ASUU-LASU said that the Lagos State Government and LASU’s administration had since breached the agreement, as it remains the only university yet to pay any fraction of the allowance throughout the country.
It said, “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 almost a decade.”
According to the union, ASUU-LASU under different leadership made a case for the payment of the allowances so that the university avoids an accumulation that may in the future prove burdensome. It said these plans were ignored by successive administrations and as at January 2016 when the current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun assumed office, the arrears had already spanned to about 6 years. The union said 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.
Reacting, the university’s spokesman, Mr Ademola Adekoya, said that the issues of the unpaid EAA predate the tenure of the current vice-chancellor.
He said, “The unpaid Earned Academic Allowances predated the assumption of Fagbohun to the office and has been lingering since 2009 when the Federal Government agreed with ASUU that the allowances will be paid. Since then, nothing was paid, before the vice-chancellor was appointed in 2016, and when he came on board, he met a lot of unpaid salary arrears, denied promotions and that became his priority. He cannot just come and begin to pay earned academic allowances and leave promotion and salary arrears unpaid.”