Senior health workers remind FG of agreement, demand N8.32bn arrears

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The Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI) has asked the Federal Government to fulfill its agreement and payment of 12 months arrears of 53.37 per cent salary increase estimated at N8.32 billion.

This was contained in a communique on Friday signed by its chairman, Felix Uwadiae and secretary, Ademola Olajire, after a sectoral council meeting held at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan in Oyo State.

The agreement, according to SSAUTHRIAI, was reached with its Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Union since January 2011.

The communique reads: “The council-in-session implores the Federal Government to honour the agreement reached with JORAISU since January 2011, which includes the payment of 12 months’ arrears of 53.37 per cent salary increase estimated at N8.32 billion; retirement age of 65 years, release of conditions and schemes of service; increased funding of research institutes; establishment of National Research Institutes Commission and peculiar and earned allowance.

“The council-in-session observed with dismay that despite the favourable the National Industrial Court judgment on the skipping of CONRAISS 10, management of some research institutes are yet comply. The council therefore calls for total compliance with the court judgment.”

The body also called for “the total review of Pension Reform Act 2014, to allow retirees access their lump sum (100 per cent) as well as prompt payment on retirement.”

The senior staff, however, urged the current administration to put in place adequate security measures for all citizens.

“We sympathise with the Federal Government on the recent killings in various parts of the country. However, the council-in-session calls for maximum security of lives and property in the country,” SSAUTHRIAI stated.dp

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