The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has claimed that its members last received their salaries from the Federal Government in June.
Prof Olusiji Sowande, the Lagos Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, said this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Sowande stated that lecturers are still being owed three-month salaries, adding that in some universities, ASUU members had not received their salaries for six months.
The academic also said Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, is being “economical with the truth by misinforming the public that government has been paying the salaries of members of our union to date”.
Ngige had on a programme on Channels Television on Tuesday said the Ministries of Finance, Education, Labour and Employment and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation would meet with ASUU to dialogue over the controversy of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and failure of the Federal Government to honour its 2019 agreement.
The minister stated that ASUU will soon call off its strike.
But Sowande insisted that the minister misinformed the public by narrowing down the issues in contention to ASUU’s rejection of IPPIS.
The statement partly read: “As of today our members are being owed three months salaries while in some universities our members have not received salary for six months.
“In addition, the government through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation have criminally withheld five months (February-June, 2020) Check-Off deducted from our members’ salaries. We are therefore surprised that MoL&E could go on air to present information which he has not verified as truth to the unsuspecting public.
“The ongoing total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action by our union will continue if this propaganda and lies against ASUU persists.”