IBB Varsity’s lecturers resign over poor salaries,
About eight lecturers of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai have tendered their resignation letters. Those who resigned were mainly professors who had since communicated their letters to the Vice Chancellor.
BoldNews learned, the lecturers were prompted by non-payment of earned allowances, poor handling of staff salaries and inadequate infrastructure, among others.
The unions most of which are currently aggrieved over what they described as the poor running of the institution, have decided to come under one single umbrella-Joint Action Committee (JAC) to fight their cause.
They include Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), non- academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
The unions feared that IBBUL needs urgent attention to forestall further brain drain.
Chairman of IBUL-JAC, Adamu Isah said: “We want to inform all Nigerlites that IBB University is in a critical situation that needs urgent attention in order to forestall brain drain. We want to categorically state here that not less than eight lecturers and mostly professors have tendered their resignation letters to the vice chancellor amidst inadequate number of academic staff. “
Among other allegations, the unions complained over the way staff salaries are being poorly handled by the state government.
Isah lamented that monthly salary now dragged till between 12th and 20th of the following month. Besides, Isah said the government have kept quiet over the payment of the minimum wage despite other institutions receiving theirs.
“This briefing has become necessary because of the predicament we found ourselves in the last few months. As comrades and concerned Nigerlites, we cannot fold our arms and see our university moving towards collapse.
“As intellectuals, we know universities are established by the law guiding its establishment. This law must be understood and that is how it has been practised all over the world.
“It is our belief that government is continuum, so also the administration of universities. Our unions has watched with disdain the way staff salaries is being handled over the past months by government.
“In the ranking of tertiary institution in Niger State, we believe IBBUL should be number one. However, today IBB University has been placed last in the community of tertiary institution in the state. The reason for this is the payment of salaries that often comes between 12thand 20th of the next month.
“The consequential adjustment of salaries or minimum wages approved by the Federal Government since April 2019, which has been implemented all over tertiary institutions and civil service in the state since Dec 2019 has not seen the light of the day in our university.
“The minimum wage has been implemented in the federal universities and arrears paid but Niger state government kept mute over ours, whereas our appointment letters states that our conditions of service is as applicable as in federal universities.
The Unions further called the attention of Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to their plights and calling for dialogue.
“As unions, we have done our part by submitting our request to the former Governing Council through the Vice Chancellor before its dissolution. We also met with relevant commissioners and stakeholders in the state without positive results.
“As comrades, and concerned Nigerlite, we need to bring to your notice of the other challenges in the university such as non- payment of earned allowances, inadequate infrastructure, poor state of electricity to mention but a few. Here we need the attention of Mr. Governor so that we can discuss and proffer solutions to these lingering problems.
The unions also called on students, parents and other stakeholders to support the effort in salvaging the standard and integrity of the state university.