Unless the Prof Effiom Eneobong led administration at the Cross River State University of Technology, CRUTECH, urgently tackle the demands of the University’s Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) , as well as the Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, administrative activities, just like academic activities, will grant to a halt in the institution from the 14th of November, 2013, calitown.com, can reveal.
At the centre of the looming impasse are a few demands SSANU and NASU have communicated to the school authority. First, the unions insists that promotion allowances must be paid, just like they are hell bent on ensuring that deductions already made by the institution from staff salaries to pay for loans staff took from banks, are remitted to appropriate banks so the interests on the loans do not become a burden to staff. Again, they insist that union dues already deducted from salaries must be paid to the unions instead of the abnormal practice of making the deductions and depositing same in certain banks to yield interests for some unscrupulous elements in the institution.
One source told calitown.com that, “it makes no sense for these deductions to be made while appropriate remittances that should follow, are ignored. Do they think we are stupid?”
On the part, the authorities of the institution say they may be unable to meet the demands because the nationwide strike by university lecturers has affected the financial fortunes of CRUTECH as fees by students and subvention from government are at the heart of the institution’s finances. It is a position that another source faults. “The school authority has been on an employment spree, to financially keep up with other responsibilities has been a self-inflicted challenge and they must take the blame for this unfortunate situations”, the source adds.
The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Effiom E. Eneobong, retires on February 23rd, 2014 and most staff spoken to, do not want him to leave all these challenges for another VC who did not create them.
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