University technologists to get responsibility allowance

University technologists to get responsibility allowance

Ibeji Nwokoma, the president of the National Association of Academic Technologists, says the body will soon receive the federal government’s circular for responsibility allowance to members.

On Wednesday, Mr Nwokoma disclosed this at the South-East zonal executive council meeting of the association held at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU).

He also mentioned that the association hoped to get the circular for Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Scale (CONTISS) 14 and 15 in the next few months.

Mr Nwokoma explained that the lack of the extant circular had hindered members from getting to the peak of their careers. He regretted that in some universities, some technologists could not get to levels 14 and 15 before their retirement.

He described the circular as a letter from the government, permitting the members to get to the top of their careers.

“We have been in agreement with the government, and if this circular comes out, it becomes easy for our members to attain the peak of their career,” Mr Nwokoma added.

Mr Nwokoma further stated that the association’s leadership was also entering into a fresh negotiation with the federal government to ensure that members were paid allowances, which they were previously denied.

The South-East zonal coordinator of the association, Emmanuel Mbaoji, expressed the hope that the national leadership would succeed in its negotiation with the federal government to improve members’ welfare.

Mr Mbaoji, the NAAT chairman, University of Nigeria, Nsukka branch, said the reception was to appreciate Mr Nwokoma for being the first person from the zone to lead the association.