14-Day Ultimatum: ASUU Gives FG, States 14 Days To Rectify Salary Shortfalls
The Federal Government and the 36 States of the federation have been threatened with strike action in the next 14 days.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to Federal and State governments.
The 14-day ultimatum was given to the federal government as timeline during which they are to pay the shortfall in salaries of lecturers or face unrest in the nation’s universities.
In the same vein, ASUU also issued some state governments owing lecturer’s salaries and allowances the same period within which they should commence the payment.
The Akure zone of the union at a press conference at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), said:
“The government should not do anything that would plunge the university system into unnecessary chaos over the shortfall in salary payment.”
Speaking to newsmen, the Zonal Chairman of the union Dr Alex Odiyi said virtually all the universities in the country are experiencing shortfall in the payment of their salaries.
ASUU Issue 14-Day Ultimatum To FG & States
Dr. Odiyi stated that the public universities in Nigeria have begun to experience worse reductions in salaries.
He said components of their allocation were reduced with the consequence of receiving fractions or percentage reduction in their salaries.
According to him, most federal universities did not have the capacity to make up for the shortfall in the salary component.
Sr. Odiyi said:
“This affected Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, OAU, FUTA, Ekiti State University, EKSU, University of Jos, University of Ibadan, UI, University of Calabar and ATBU, Bauchi.
The ASUU Zonal Chairman blamed the Governing Council of Universities for the problem.
He said they have not been performing their role of interfacing between the university administrations and the governments at both the federal and state levels.
ASUU also said the National Executive Council, NEC, of the body would be called to appraise the situation.
Dr. Odiyi also pointed out that the government should be held responsible for any disruption in the academic calendar of universities.