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Fed. University Dutse debunks alleged double pension deductions

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The Management of the Federal University Dutse (FUD), Jigawa has dismissed the alleged double pension deductions of staff of the university as “baseless and unfounded”.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Fatima Mukhtar, gave the clarifications in Dutse on Thursday while reacting to a protest staged by aggrieved staff of the university.

Mukhtar said the protest is a mischief intended to discredit the management of the university

Nigeria News Agency reports that the staff had earlier staged a peaceful demonstration to protest alleged double pension deductions and non payment of allowances by the management of the university.

Mukhtar said that the university was not making double deductions on pension or stopped payment of hazard  allowances to staff who are entitle to it.

She explained that the university observed that most of the staff were not entitle to such allowances, hence suspended payment in Jan. 2020.

The VC said that: “It is only last month that we paid some staff and suspended payment to those who are not entitle to benefit from it.

“This is because too many of them are benefiting from such allowances which they do not deserve.

“We even involved their union leadership to find out who should or should not be entitle to such allowances.

“While we are trying to make corrections, we omitted some deserving staff and some undeserving ones, therefore, we later directed the affected staff to channel their complaints through their unions.

“We have rectified the problem and payment has since commenced.

“Yesterday, we constituted a committee at the end of a council meeting, including the leadership of the unions to engage them on the matter.

“If it is discovered that we did what we are being accused of, we accept it and plan to refund”.

Mukhtar urged staff who were affected by the irregularities in the payment process to forward their complaints to the appropriate authorities.

She said the management had also intimated office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) to find out if  there was double deductions of pension by the institution or otherwise.

The VC, however, blamed the leadership of the unions for misrepresentation and giving wrong information to their members.

However, Mr Muhammad Shehu, Chairman Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the university, accused the university management of double pension deductions, nonpayment of hazard and responsibility allowances to its members.

“We are aware that pension is deducted directly from source, but the university also deducted the pension at its level”.

Shehu said the governing council of the university had directed the suspension of the pension deductions, and set up a committee to asses the amount so far deducted to facilitate refund to each of the affected staff.

He alleged that the management had refused to refund the monies deducted despite the directives by the governing council.

“When they see that the tenure of the governing council expired, the management changed the earlier directives to refund all the illegal deductions.

“Again, the university is not paying hazard and responsibility allowances over a long time,” Shehu alleged.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Rabiu Sani Ali

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