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ASUU, Nasarawa State University, Keffi Frown At Government Over Unpaid Arrears

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By David Christopher, Lafia

 Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Branch have frown  at the lackadaisical attitude of Nasarawa State government to meet up with  their earlier pronouncement as regards settling their salaries arias to the tune of one Billion Naira and other legitimate welfare.

The ASUU branch chairman of the university Dr. Samuel Alu who made this known during a press conference held at the association’s Secretariat within the university on Tuesday, said the governor of the state Engineer Abdullahii Sule made public pronouncement to comply with their demands , but have not been fulfilled.

He called on concerned stakeholders  of the university within and outside to intervene by prevailing on the governor to fulfill his promises or necessary action would be taken by the union.

” That from August,2022 government would take over full payment of salaries of the university staff, Immediate release of 200 Million (out of the over #1 Billion owed the lecturers) to pay part of outstanding End Academics Allowances (EAA)arrears and monthly payment of #20 Million for mainstream of EAA.

” We state categorically, for the benefit of public, that as at the close of our Congress meeting of Thursday 10th November,2022,His Excellency has not fulfilled the commitment he made to us,of his own free will, verbally and and writing. Let me emphasize: our members have not received any payment with respect to the EAA arrears as well as mainstreaming of same”Dr. Alu stated.

He said, the union have perceived a lack of commitment on the part of government and stakeholders to address the said issues, adding that the union would have embark on local industrial action before now, but was overridden by the national strike of the union that just ended.

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Nasarawa Versity, ASUU Described Pro-Rata Salary Scheme As Unacceptable

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From David Christopher, Lafia

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nasarawa State University, Keffi Chapter Dr. Samuel Alu and other leaders of the union within the university have described the inability of the federal government of Nigeria to comply with the  injunctions of the national industrial court as regards the payments of their salaries as illegal and barbaric and pushing them to the wall.

The Academicians who made their decisions known during a peaceful protest which they embarked upon within the university premises on Friday said, the pro-rata salary scheme been initiated to them by the federal government of Nigeria was unacceptable.

” We are not going to negate the injunctions of the the industrial court for the main time, but it appears the federal government is pushing us high to the wall. We will soon react and we want our innocent students to bear us witness. We have been teaching without salaries and our salaries are not been paid.

” If this prorata payment continues then we would have no choice, but to face the reality which is to tell the federal government with the language that they normally understand. We don’t want to send our innocent students back home again. We want them to graduate to become positive people in the society that can impact to the economy of this nation”Dr. Alu stated.

According to him, the said rally was to protest the continues behaviors of the federal government of Nigeria, adding their also using the opportunity of the rally to let the general public to be acquainted how government was maltreating the colleagues at the federal universities.

His words,” We are calling on the federal government of Nigeria to call the minister of labour Dr. Chris Ngegi to order. He has no right to act as if he is above the federal law of Nigeria.

Answering a question as regards rumors making the rounds that the federal government who are the employee of the academic staff of federal universities may decide to disenge them as a result of the misunderstanding between them. A one time national chairman of ASUU, Professor Fashumu Oladepo said,” Our employee the federal government of Nigeria does not have any right either by the Nigerian constitution or by university law to do whatever the want to do against the lectures.

“No government has a right to cheat or to depraved the right of anyone that he deserves according to the constitution. This government is taking Nigerians for granted, because if they are responsible they would have comply with the agreement they signed with ASUU as regards the said salaries”

Other past ASUU Chairmen who also speaks on the issue and lamented the attitude of federal government over their unpaid salaries which was cursing hardship to them and their families includes, Professor Theophilus Lagi, Comrade Yahaya Muhammed, Comrade Mairiga JP and Comrade Tanimu Yusuf.

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