NOUN Academic Staff Resolve to Join ASUU over Earned Academic Allowance
Academic Staff Forum of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has resolved to join the
Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU).
According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Dr. Chuks Enwerem, the forum held a
meeting on December 3, 2020, to discuss modalities for getting its share of the Earned Academic Allowance
(EAA) released by the Federal Government to ASUU.
The resolution was made 2, February 2021, at the second meeting of the body,
which was held at the convocation arena of its headquarters in Abuja.
The statement noted that the second meeting, which was chaired by the chairman of the forum,
Prof. Abubakar Suleiman briefed members on the progress made towards getting staff of the university
to be included in the payment loop.
He said the efforts made included an interactive session with North-central ASUU officials to get
a proper briefing on how the objective could be realized.
He said: “After extensive deliberations with the ASUU officials in North-central zone,
coupled with other available information, we were convinced that it would be very difficult for NOUN
academics to be included in the present arrangement to get their legitimate entitlement by going it
alone without the national body.”
“If we continue like this, we will continue to lose out from what rightly belongs to us, even when it is clear
that our academic load carrying capacity is one of the highest in the country.”
The statement also revealed that “In the light of the development, and considering the overwhelming
desire of all academic staff to be mainstreamed into the salary arrangement of academic staff of Nigerian
universities, members unanimously resolved to join the national body without further delay.”
Earlier, the NOUN Academic Forum had announced the election of Executive Committee members to steer
the affairs of the forum. The executive members include:
Professor Abubakar G. Suleiman as Chairman; Dr. Kalu Awa as Vice-Chairman; and Drs. Adenrele Afolorunso
and Bridget Yakubu as General Secretary and assistant General-Secretary, respectively.
Others are: Dr. Muhammad A. Bin-Ali as Treasurer; Dr. Tunde A. Bakare-Aremu as Financial-Secretary.
Others include Dr. Henrietta I. Kelle, Dr Ihuoma Ubosi, Dr. Nwamaka P. Ibeme, Dr. Anthony Kaine,
Dr. Sylvester Ogbonna, Dr. Jamiu Amusa and Dr. Ani George.