Re­duced al­lo­ca­tion af­fect­ing UniAbuja staff salaries — VC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Vice Chan­cel­lor, Univer­sity of Abuja, Prof. Michael Adikwu, says the re­duc­tion in the in­sti­tu­tion’s an­nual al­lo­ca­tion from the fed­eral govern­ment has re­sulted in a short­fall in staff salaries.

Brief­ing news­men yes­ter­day in Abuja as part of ac­tiv­i­ties to mark his two years in of­fice as vice chan­cel­lor of the univer­sity, Adikwu said the in­sti­tu­tion last re­ceived N366m and in 2016 re­ceived N308m, adding that the dif­fer­ence was caus­ing the short­falls.

He de­bunked al­le­ga­tions that the univer­sity was ow­ing staff salaries, say­ing: “The Fed­eral Govern­ment is now giv­ing us less money than we were given, what they gave to us is what we used to pay and it is not that we pay in­stall­men­tally, it was only one month that we paid a frac­tion, we were able to pay 86 per cent.”

He de­scribed the prob­lem as a na­tional is­sue and not pe­cu­liar to the Univer­sity of Abuja, which re­mained con­sis­tent in pay­ing salaries.

Adikwu said the fed­eral govern­ment had as­sured that the short­fall would be cal­cu­lated and paid to the uni­ver­si­ties.

Speak­ing on his feat in the last two years, he noted that aside the progress in phys­i­cal struc­tures that have aided in the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of some of the cour­ses in the in­sti­tu­tion, it has also en­joyed a sta­ble aca­demic cal­en­dar since he came to of­fice.

Staff pro­mo­tion ac­cord­ing to him has im­proved com­pared to what it used to be.

He also noted that in deal­ing with the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, the univer­sity was work­ing in line with the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) scheme to gen­er­ate money out­side govern­ment al­lo­ca­tions.

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