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FUD accused of alleged double pension deduction, Hazard allowances by staffs

The Federal University Dutse has debunked allegations that the university is making double pension deduction and removal of hazard allowance following a protest by the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) yesterday.

The University Vice chancellor Prof. Fatima Batul Mukhtar discredited the allegations while briefing newsmen on the recent staff protest.

The Joint Action committee Federal University, Dutse in Jigawa state have protested over alleged double pension deduction and removal of hazard and responsibility allowances.

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They alleged that the university is making 18% deduction of pension contributions against the Federal government approved 7.5%.

Both Academic and Non Academic staff staged a protest holding placards With so many inscriptions “illegal pension deduction” , ‘pay us our money”, “VC Bursar must go” and “You ate ram with our money “.

Chairman Joint Action committee JAC Muhammad Shehu Usman said the decision follows the Congress emergency meeting held on the 11th February, 2020.

He explained that the Congress deliberated extensively and agreed with the following conditions.

” That the University management should as soon as possible to re-install back and pay the removed Hazard allowances as contained in the 2009 FGN/Union agreement and Refund of pension double deduction”

He said failure to meet the conditions of the Joint action committee congress may lead to the Unions to declare industrial dispute and start processes of industrial action.

The University Vice chancellor Professor Fatima  Batul Mukhtar said that the allegations are baseless and unfounded.

She said that the university is not in any way making double deductions or removed the said hazard allowances.

She explained that according to 2014 Act the deduction should be 8% from the employer and the Federal government will contribute 10%.

The Vice chancellor said the Federal government is yet to implemented the act and the University did not started to employment it.

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On the issue of hazard allowance the Vice chancellor said the University realized that many staff tat don’t deserve benefit are enjoying the allowances which prompted the suspension for only January but as of today most of those affected have continued to receive alert of payment”, she said.

She urged the employers who are direct affected by irregularities in their salary payment to forward their complains to the University authorities.