The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the weekend decried the continuing shortfall and drawback in the payment of university staff salaries, saying the federal and state governments are implementing a policy of starvation in universities.
Beke Tuboukiye Sese, Co-ordinator of ASUU Port Harcourt Zone, who briefed newsmen after the union’s zonal meeting at the Faculty of Law Campus of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, frowned at the governments’ policy to subject university workers to deprivation “by either paying fractional salaries or outright non-payment of salaries.”
Other zonal officials present at the press conference were Suobere Puyate (Chairman, RSUST), Austen Sado (Chairman, Uniport), Ogoun Stanley (Chairman, NDU), Omeodu Steve (Assistant Secretary, Uniport), Poazi Francis (Treasurer, NDU), Kingdom T. (Secretary, NDU), Agi U.K (Chairman, IAUE) and Kalama John (Secretary, FUO).
Sese pointed out that while NDU was not paid salaries for a cumulative period of six months in 2016, the union check-offs in RSUST and IAUE were withheld by the Rivers State government “by which interpretation is tantamount to paying fractional salaries”.
He said Uniport also suffered a similar fate and when there was hope of refund of the withheld portion of salaries, the government in the month of February 2017 resumed its policy of paying fractional salaries.