ASUU accuses FG, states of starving varsities of funds

March 20th, 2017
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.
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