Thursday 27th April, 2017
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ASUU warns FG over pay cuts

ASUU warns FG over pay cuts

The Abuja zone of the Ac­ademic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned the Federal Govern­ment to put a stop to the uni­lateral drastic cut in the person­nel costs allocations to federal universities to avoid any con­sequential damage in the insti­tutions.
The Abuja Zonal Coordina­tor of the union, Dr Theophilus Lagi, told newsmen in Lapai at the weekend that the issue of shortfall in salaries payment to members across all feder­al universities which began in December, 2015 has become a pattern employed by the gov­ernment to weaken ASUU.
Lagi said ASUU members have rendered their duties in full and as such, should have their salaries and allowanc­es paid in full and not in per­centages.
“It is on this note that ASUU unequivocally demand an im­mediate restoration of releases of the full personnel costs (in­cluding arrears thereof) to all federal universities in Nigeria, in order to forestall the inflic­tion of consequential damage to public university education in Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking further, the ASUU boss blamed the extant author­ities like the Ministry of Fi­nance and the Budget agencies which have no inkling on how the university system works as the most probable reason for the pay-cut.
“It does appear that the Fi­nance and Budget and Plan­ning Ministries have failed to realize or refused to accept and correct their mistakes in the figures they project as appro­priation for tertiary education, particularly the University ed­ucation sub-sector,” he said.
The zonal coordinator stat­ed further that “Government has no reason whatsoever, oth­er than deliberate intent to in­flict pains and misery on the university academics, to hype the gimmick of recession and in that garb, decide to unilat­erally cut the earned salaries of the academic staff. It is impru­dent for a democratic govern­ment like the Federal Republic of Nigeria to implement uni­lateral pay-cut in workers’ sal­aries.’’
Abuja zone of ASUU com­prises of University of Abu­ja, Federal University of Tech­nology, Minna, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Ibrahim Ba­damasi Babangida Universi­ty, Lapai and Federal Univer­sity, Lafia.
 
 

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