Members of Academic Staff Union of the University, University of Calabar chapter. On Wednesday, staged a protest over non-payment of allowances in the institution.
The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions such as. “Pay our CES arrears, pay our GSS arrears, pay our post-graduate thesis supervision, pay our promotion arrears, pay our study fellowship. And conference attendance arrears,” moved round the institution singing solidarity song.
Speaking during the ASUU protests, John Edor, Chairman of ASUU, UNICAL chapter, said the unpaid salaries and arrears ranged from 4 to 6 years, depending on the sub-head.
He said they have been asking for their arrears for long but the COVID-19 pandemic. And IPPIS monster compounded their “vagaries and vissititutes”.
His words, “Our grievances is that for a number of years now, members of ASUU, University of Calabar chapter, have been working. And we not receives our entitlements.
“Such entitlements include teaching of GSS Courses, Graduate Thesis Supervision Allowance, CES Courses, Sandwich programmes, Pre-degree and promotion arrears.
However, a backlog of their wages is left unpaid and that is what we call pay arrears.
“We have been asking for our entitlements for long but the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded our vagaries and vissititutes.