Why we can’t pay staff salaries in full —UNIABUJA

THE Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Michael Adikwu, has said the university is unable to pay full salaries to the staff as a result of the shortfall in the monthly allocation to the institution.

He disclosed that the university has had monthly shortfall of allocation of about N58 million.

Adikwu spoke with newmen on Monday, as part of activities marking the second-year anniversary of his administration as the vice chancellor of the university.

He disclosed that allocation used to be N366 million, saying what the university was getting now was N308 million, which the vice chancellor said was not enough to pay all the workers fully.

He, however, explained that it was a nationwide problem as a result of the drastic fall in government’s revenue, which all the staff had been duly informed.

He added that the Federal Government had promised to calculate the shortfall and pay.

The vice chancellor, who disclosed that the medical programme of the university would soon get accredited, said the institution had sailed through two legs of the accreditation by different bodies and left with the final one to be done next year.

Adikwu noted that what he was trying to do was to build a research culture at the university, saying it was unfortunate that universities in Nigeria had not been responsive to the challenges of the nation because of the inadequate attention paid to the development of research.