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ASUU laments non-payment of salaries, threatens another strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has again, threatened to go on strike if the Federal Government fails to remit the deductions it allegedly made to the account of the union.

ASUU issued the fresh warning on Sunday, blaming the Federal Government, as well as the Accountant General of the Federation of victimizing its members, despite the ‘no victimization clause’ of the suspended strike.

The Union lamented on the harsh economy being experienced due to unpaid salaries and how it is affecting the productivity of its members who are back to their duty posts to work.

Prof. Ayo Akinwole, the Chairman of ASUU, said the Federal Government has failed to remit the deductions it made to the account of the union.

He added that if members are pushed to the limit, “withdrawal of work in the nearest future may be inevitable.”

The ASUU Chairman also noted that over 100 University of Ibadan academic staff members were being owed salaries for between 2 to 10 months and the federal government was paying outstanding five months salaries at an agonizingly slow pace.

Akinwole added that newly employed staff in February 2020 have not received any money which has made their families and dependents suffer over their rejection of enrollment on the IPPIS.

He said, “The suspension of the strike was based on an agreement reached and a ‘Memorandum of Action’ signed in good faith between the government and ASUU at the stakeholders’ meeting held on Tuesday, 22nd December 2020. A major common position agreed to (and expected to be respected) by the government and ASUU was that nobody shall be victimised in any way whatsoever for his/her role in the process leading to the Memorandum of Action.

“Officials of the OAGF kept adducing flimsy untenable reasons for the perpetual non-payment of salaries, demanding loads of paperwork and documents both from the union and the bursary unit of the various universities, as well as the university administration.

“The requested documents have consistently been provided on a monthly basis, yet the salaries remain unpaid. In the University of Ibadan, March 10, 2021, about 67 ASUU members that are on regular nominal payroll have their salaries ranging from two to 10 months still unpaid as of March 10, 2020. Over 80 ASUU-UI members in the faculty of veterinary medicine have their medical allowances of over eight months still unpaid.”