University Lecturers May Go On Strike Again

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday accused the Federal Government and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation of victimising its members for refusal to pay their outstanding salaries running between two to 10 months despite suspending the strike on “no victimisation clause”.

ASUU said while members are back to their duty posts to work, the harsh economy being experienced due to unpaid salaries and non-refund of deducted check-off dues will affect productivity.

The chairman of the union at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayo Akinwole, who stated this in Ibadan, said the federal government had refused to remit union deductions it made to its account to stifle the body.

The union warned that if pushed to the limit, withdrawal of work in the nearest future might be inevitable.

According to Akinwole, while government is paying outstanding five months salaries of those on nominal role at an agonisingly slow pace, over 100 UI academic staff are being owed salaries ranging between two to ten months.

He disclosed that those newly employed in February 2020 have not received a dime because they maintained their stand on IPPIS enrolment.

The ASUU boss said the Buhari-led government has continued to shun the rule of law by deducting housing funds from ASUU members who had not subscribed to the scheme and also refused to refund same to respective accounts.

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