The Chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the non-teaching staff unions at the University of Ilorin, Comrade Muhammed Jimoh Akanbi, has applauded the intervention of the Federal Government and the University management in the part-release of the much-awaited earned allowance for the non-teaching staff of the institution.

In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin last Wednesday (January 3, 2018), Mr. Akanbi, who is also the Chairman of the Unilorin Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), said that the release of the money is a thing of joy and a mission accomplished for the three concerned unions in the University: SSANU, the Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

The Union leader attributed the eventual release of the money to the collective efforts of the three unions and the Vice Chancellors of the concerned universities including Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem of the University of Ilorin.

The Bursar of the University of Ilorin, Mr. Saka Abiodun Yusuf, had earlier confirmed to Unilorin Bulletin last Tuesday that a sum of N207, 586,734 had been released to the University from the Accountant General of the Federation's Office for the payment of the earned allowance of the non-teaching staff of the University.

Mr. Yusuf said that the University management is making arrangements, in conjunction with the union leaders, to pay the money to the staff as soon as possible.

The Unilorin JAC Chairman commended the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulkareem, for playing a vital role in the struggle for the release of the money, saying that the Vice-Chancellor had to travel to Abuja several times to ensure that the money was released by the Accountant General's Office.

"Last week Thursday (December 28, 2017) when we were holding a meeting with him, he got a telephone call from the Accountant General's Office that the money had been paid and he immediately passed the message to us. We commend him for that efforts and we hope when next we have a similar problem, he would come to our aid", Mr. Akanbi added.

Speaking on the modalities for the payment of the released money to the beneficiaries, the JAC Chairman disclosed that a committee, comprising members of the three unions and the management of the University, would  be set up, saying that the committee would come up with a sharing formula.

Mr. Akanbi hinted that the circular that followed the money indicated that the payment will capture July 2009 to December 2012, promising that the would-be beneficiaries would start receiving the alert between the end of this week and next week.

He added that during the cause of the struggle, the unions had been asked to compile the list of staff that fall in the category of 2013 to 2016 and submit them at the Accountant General's Office for consideration, adding that this had been done.

The Union leader said that the ongoing strike was not targeted at fighting the management of the University of Ilorin, adding that the struggle is between the Unions and the Federal Government.

"This struggle we are into is not between us and the management of the University of Ilorin, but between the unions and the Federal Government and until the government addresses the situation on ground, the strike continues. The payment has nothing to do with the ongoing strike.