In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 09th, September, 2020

Drama As UNICAL Lecturers Protest Unpaid Allowances (Photograph)

Drama As UNICAL Lecturers Protest Unpaid Allowances (Photo)

The protesting lecturers

In response to a report by The PUNCH, lots of of placard-carrying members of the Educational Workers Union of Universities, College of Calabar department, on Wednesday, protested the unpaid native entitlements spanning over six years.

ASUU UNICAL Chairman, Dr. John Edor, led the protest from the primary campus in Calabar to the primary gate of the college, the place he addressed the lecturers.

The protesters later moved to the executive block however there was no college official to obtain them.

The lecturers carried placards corresponding to ‘Our members dying, save our lives’, ‘Pay our promotion arrears,’ ‘pay our entitlements,’ and ‘Cease selective implementation of promotion’ amongst others.

Talking with journalists after addressing the lecturers, Edor mentioned, “Our grievances are that for quite a few years now members of ASUU, College of Calabar Chapter have been working and our entitlements haven’t been paid to us.

“Such entitlements embrace the instructing of GSS Programs, Graduate Thesis Supervision Allowance, CES Programs, Sandwich programmes, Pre-degree and promotion arrears. A few of our members had been employed and so they commenced fee of their salaries however a backlog of their salaries is left unpaid and that’s what we name wage arrears.

“Even when the federal authorities has refused to pay our salaries what now we have earned which isn’t one, two, or three however some are operating into 5, six years ought to be instantly paid to us.

“We’ve been asking for our entitlements for lengthy however the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded our vagaries and vicissitudes.

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“The lockdown has made it unattainable for us to go and supply for different reputable technique of livelihood to feed our households.”

In response to him, the protest is simply the start and if their entitlements weren’t paid, the lecturers will begin ‘Operation Occupy UNICAL’.

Edor mentioned it didn’t matter how lengthy they had been owed, including that “no kobo might be misplaced. The peaceable protest will finish solely when each arrear is paid. They need to not anticipate us to cry once more earlier than our entitlements are paid.”

The college will choose a brand new Vice-Chancellor on Thursday, because the five-year tenure of Prof Zana Akpagu, involves an finish.

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