The quest for students of the Federal College of Education (FCE), Yola to finish their end of semester examination may be stymied, if the lingering impasse between the academic staff and management over non-payment of nine months Peculiar Earned Academic Allowance (PEAA) is not resolved.
Investigation by FOMBINATIMES indicated that the end of semester examination was billed to commence -yesterday (Monday) but the academic staff have pledged not to go ahead with the exams to press home demand for payment of the backlog of PEAA.
A source in the college told our reporter that the hard-line posture taken by the academic staff, made the management to convene an emergency meeting with them so as to pacify them not to go ahead with their planned boycott of the examination.
The source said during the meeting, the management promised the agitating staff immediate payment of one month allowance while discussion continues so that examination can hold.
Confirming the development, the chairman of College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), FCE Yola branch, Comrade Hussaini Adamu in an interview with FOMBINATIMES Monday at the college premises said examination was due to commence on Monday but could not hold because the academic staff went into a marathon meeting with the management over the allowances quagmire.
He noted that COEASU has engaged the management in a meeting as early as 7:00 am Monday where the management promised to immediately pay one month allowance while discussion to find an amicable way around the issue continues.
He noted that they have agreed to continue with the examination on Tuesday for the sake of the students pending the expiration of a three-day notice within which the management is expected to come with a better bargain.
“We will go ahead with the examination for now following the setting up of a committee by the management which will contact us in three days.
” If the proposal of the management is palatable to us, the matter will be resolved otherwise we will down tools,” he said.
Efforts by our reporter to meet with the provost of the college, Professor Abdulmumin Sa’ad could not come to fruition as he was said not to be in office at the time our reporter paid a visit.
The registrar Faiza Ahmed refused to meet with our reporter over the issue.
But the Public Relations Officer of the college, Bashir Abdullahi said he could not comment on the issue as he was not part of the meeting between the management and the academic staff.
Investigation by our reporter revealed that hitherto, the PEAA comes directly from the purse of the federal government, but following changes in policies, colleges were asked to pay the allowance from the IGR they made.
An academic staff told our reporter that it was in the aftermath of the introduction of the new policy that staff started having backlog of unpaid allowances.
He noted that the college has a number of IGR bases but the provost was not simply resourceful or lacked the magnanimity to effect the payment.