There are indications that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) might resume its industrial action after the federal government paid just half a month’s salary to lecturers who recently resumed academic activities after its 8-month-long strike.
The newly established Congress of Nigerian Universities Academics (CONUA) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have both condemned the payment of half salaries to their members for October.
ASUU President Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke accused the government of treating Nigerian academics like temporary employees in response to the development.
Osodeke claimed that Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, requested that the OAGF pay ASUU members half their wage for the previous month in a personal letter to the Accountant-General of the Federation.
“Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, personally wrote that they should pay us half salary; treat us like casual workers,” Osodeke said.
The chairman further revealed that the union will convey a NEC meeting to react to the development soon.
Already, the University of Jos Chapter of ASUU issued a directive ordering its members to remain at home until the Federal Government paid their salaries that had been withheld.
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