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20 PhDs Holders Exit Bauchi Varsity Over Absence of Pension Scheme – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised an alarm over the recent exodus of about 20 PhD-holding-lecturers from Sa’adu Zungur University Gadau (SAZU), a Bauchi State-owned varsity, over an unaddressed pension scheme and other benefits of service.

The Chairperson of ASSU Sa’adu Zungur University Gadau, Comrade Auwal Hussain disclosed this in a press conference with journalists at the Yuli campus of the university.

He said, “Most of these staff were trained from their masters to doctoral degrees by the University. Unfortunately, in recent times, over twenty (20) PhDs have left for other institutions that did not bear any of the costs associated with their training, leaving our State University at a disadvantage.”

Comrade Auwal explained that the lecturers who left continue teaching with other universities, indicating that they still nurture a passion for teaching and research but in a befitting environment.

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“Sa’adu Zungur University is stuffed with talented and young academics in different disciplines ready to give their best for the overall growth and development of Bauchi State and Nigeria as a whole through teaching and research,” he insisted

In its 13 years, lecturers of the university are baffled by the absence of a well-defined pension scheme which jeopardizes their financial security plans, leaving them in uncertainty over their retirement fate.

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“It is pathetic, sorrowful, and lamentable to note that some of our members who have passed away have nothing to their families as dead benefits despite their sacrifices and hard work through the years.

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“The University Administration and the Governing Council have been handling this issue with laxity. All Efforts over the years to get the University Administration and the Governing Council clearly workout a defined exit policy and dead benefit for the staff of the University proved abortive,” Dr Auwal explained. 

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The Chairpersons said both the administration and governing council of the university have over the years “intentionally ignored and snubbed to address the Union’s demands despite several correspondences sent to them.”

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Dr Auwal regretted that despite getting a wage award of 35 percent and 25 percent in 2023, SAZU has not implemented the award, lagging while federal and other state universities have implemented it. 

He added, “It is imperative that the University implements the wage award with arrears, effective from January 2023. This is essential to keep pace with the rising cost of living and to recognize the valuable contributions of the academic staff.”

The Chairman called on the Bauchi State Government to urgently settle issues raised, doing that the state governor, Bala Mohammed is a Visitor of Sa’adu Zungur University, hence the need to direct attention to the institution through timely and adequate funding, staff welfare and provision of infrastructure. 

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