SSANU at war with UNICAL VC, bursar over illegal deductions

SSANU at war with UNICAL VC, bursar over illegal deductions

By Asare Asare, Calabar The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Zana Akpagu and the bursar have been warned by members of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) of the University to stop further deductions from their monthly salaries.

The workers also asked for the refund of their monies immediately.

They passed this message when they embarked on large scale protest at the weekend carrying placards with different messages. T

heir protest round the campus paralysed academic activities in the school for several hours.

Some of the placards carried by the angry SSANU members carried inscriptions like: “Zana Akpagu is the only VC that is deaf and dumb and a tout, ”  ” Zana pay us our full salary, we are tired of 90 percent salary since you
became VC in 2015,” Refund all the 10 Percent balance,we have suffered the  worst under your leadership,” “The union is not at war with management but  asking for our rights,stop fighting the union with police,” ” The VC should know that stoppage of union dues will not stop us from the struggle”.

It would be recalled that early this year when the former bursar, Peter Agi was forced out of his job, a case is now at the high court, allegations of fraud and incessant deductions were hurled against the VC who is alleged to have been helped to succeed his friend, Prof James Epoke.

Akpagu is also said to represent Obudu interest, the town where the state governor hails, Chairman of SSANU UCB, Joseph Eteng said the union is very surprised and disappointed to note that the Ag Bursar has unquenchable appetite for fraudulent practises.

They frowned at the bursar’s insistence on continuous deductions of the contributory pension scheme against several warnings to management by the union.

Eteng said, “The Union is demanding from the university management the immediate refund of the 10 percent of our salary which has been deducted since 2015. We also call for our promotion and overtime arrears since 2014. We urge management against undue delays in staff salaries.

We want accident bonus to drivers, and arrears to level 13 officers and above among others be paid.”