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.