A University lecturer, Dr. Oryina Kingsley Akputu has cried out to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, over alleged refusal by the authorities of Ritman University, Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, to pay his salaries and allowances amounting N3, 265,028, 09.
Dr. Akputu, who briefed reporters in Abuja, accused the vice chancellor of the institution, Prof. Celestine Nituen, as mastermind of the act. The don, who claimed to have served for 21 months as Lecturer 1 in the Department of Mathematics/Computer Science of Ritman University, also called on the National Universities Commission, NUC, to come to his rescue.
Akputu described the treatment meted to him as unjust and illegal, considering the fact that he had an unblemished records throughout his stay in the university.
“I was not issued any query and no disciplinary action was taken against me. I was dedicated and committed to my responsibilities as a lecturer and acting HOD.
“On the 17th February, 2020, I voluntarily resigned my appointment with the university. My letter of resignation was duly accepted by the university and was advised to complete all exit formalities and meet with the university’s bursar for payment of my outstanding salaries and allowances.
“The university has refused to keep to earlier agreement to pay my outstanding salaries and allowances for several months now after completing all exit formalities.
The salaries and allowances are computed thus: (a) Basic salaries for 13 months – N174, 232.93 multiplied by 13 =2,265,028. 09; (b) Allowances and out of pocket expenses as coordinator/acting HOD – N50, 000 multiplied by 20 months =N1000, 000. “This is a total sum of N3, 265,028. 09, representing what the university is owing me.
The withholding of this salary and allowance has caused me tremendous and untold hardship. “After meeting a brick wall with my visits to the university for payment of the aforementioned salaries and allowances, I contacted my lawyer, Amaechi A. Chukwuma Esq of Amaechi Chukwuma & Co. (St. Augustine’s Chambers) to write the vice chancellor, Prof. Celestine Ntuen, for my salaries and allowances.
“My lawyer wrote a letter to the vice chancellor demanding the payment of my salaries and allowances on June 1st, 2020, without any reply from the university.
“A reminder was written to the vice chancellor again on 6th July, 2020. Up till now Prof. Celestine Ntuen has not paid my salaries and allowances or replied my lawyer.
“All these letters appealing to the university to pay me have been copied to the Minister for Education and NUC headquarters in Abuja,” he said.