BREAKING: No Deceased Professors On Payroll Of Benue Varsity, Says VC

The authorities of the Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi have debunked widespread reports that some professors that died years ago are still drawing salaries on the payroll of the institution.

Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Tor Iorapuu, in a statement via the Principal Assistant Registrar who doubles as Information and Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tser Vanger, described the report as ‘false’ and urged members of the public to disregard it…..CONTINUE READING

Prof. Iorapuu said the false information is coming at a time a committee set up by the state government has been on a facts finding mission to the university, stressing that “this type of alarming but false red flag raised by those who are ill clad about the workings of the university system may excite those who are ill informed”.

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He explained that “as a policy, the university’s Bursary Department is the first point of notification once there is a reported case of death from any department or unit of the university.

“Once such has been received, which is normally done before the burial of the deceased staff, the name of such a staff is removed from the salary voucher immediately.

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“However, if a staff dies and at the time of his/her death certain allowances to which they were entitled are outstanding, such names are retained on the payroll until such indebtedness are completely paid up to the point of death.

“In the case of Benue State University for instance, there is the case of salary component known as Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) for Teaching Staff and Earned Allowance (EA) for non-teaching staff which was negotiated and implementation back-dated to 2009.

“Payment of this particular allowance is being paid from time to time by the university as the agreement signed with the unions and the state government stipulated.

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“It follows then, that deceased staff who were in the employment of the university at the time this payment commenced but who died some years later are entitled to it as it goes to their next of kin. This is the standard practice in the work industry anywhere”.

Prof. Iorapuu therefore said the terse assertion that Professors who died are still on the payroll at the university is false in its entirety and should be disregarded by all…..CONTINUE READING