Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have tackled the Federal Government for paying some lecturers half their salaries for the month of October.
In October, ASUU had called off the union’s eight-month-old strike which commenced on February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.
The court of appeal sitting in Abuja had ordered the union to suspend its to call-off its strike.
During back-and-forth negotiations with the union’s leadership, the Federal Government had threatened not to pay the lecturers for the strike period, but a review of the decision was said to be under consideration.
According to TheCable, members of the union said despite the suspension of the strike, the government is yet to pay them full salaries.
Moyosore Ajao, chairman of ASUU, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), confirmed the development.
“I’m yet to get mine but some of us who have received theirs got half salaries for October. We don’t know why they have to pay us half salary,” he said.
Another lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), who did not want to be named, also confirmed that he did not get his full salary.
The UNN lecturer, however, said it wasn’t clear what month the payment was for.
“What I got is not exactly half of my salary. But then, it’s not up to my usual salary. Basically, they didn’t pay full salary, that’s the right word for it. The month was also not specified,” the lecturer said.
However, Emmanuel Osodeke who is the president of the union was unreachable to comment on the matter.
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