Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have threatened to embark on yet another strike as the union accused the Federal Government of breaching a “no victimisation clause” agreed upon during the dialogue that led to the suspension of the strike they had embarked on.
The union, through the Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan, Professor Ayo Akinwole alleged that the Federal Government and the Accountant General of the Federation are victimising its members by refusing to pay them “salaries running between two to 10 months despite suspending the strike”.
The alleged refusal, according to ASUU, could lead to another strike in future.
ASUU stated that while members are back to their duty posts, the harsh economy being experienced due to unpaid salaries and non-refund of deducted check-off dues will affect productivity.
“The suspension of the strike was based on an agreement reached and an MOA signed in good faith between the government and ASUU at the stakeholders’ meeting held on Tuesday, 22nd December 2020.
A major common position agreed to (and expected to be respected) by the government and ASUU was that nobody shall be victimised in any way whatsoever for his/her role in the process leading to the Memorandum of Action.
Officials of the OAGF (Office of the Accountant General of the Federation) kept adducing flimsy untenable reasons for the perpetual non-payment of salaries, demanding loads of paperwork and documents…
…both from the union and the bursary unit of the various universities, as well as the university administration. The requested documents have consistently been provided on a monthly basis.
Yet the salaries remain unpaid. In the University of Ibadan, March 10, 2021, about 67 ASUU members that are on regular nominal payroll have their salaries ranging from two to 10 months still unpaid as of March 10, 2020”, Akinwole said.