Cursory: The federal government of Nigeria has paid the Academic Staff Union of Universities half of October salary out of the 8 months it is owing the union.
The Federal Government only paid lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities for 18 working days in the month of October, The PUNCH has exclusively gathered.
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Lecturers and senior members of ASUU, who spoke to The Punch under strict confidence noted that the government only paid half salaries.
Speaking with reporters, a senior member of the National Executive Council, said,
“We were only paid for the days after the strike. I received a half salary. Other members are angry right now, they are blaming the NEC for calling off the strike.”
Another member, who confirmed the development, said,
“Yes, it is true, I received half salary. It seems the government is set to kill unionism in the country but we are ready for them.”
Though the FG is yet to break the silence on the reason for making the half payment, our correspondent gathered that the decision was taken based on the fact that the lecturers resumed back to work in the middle of October.
The national president of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, who confirmed the development to our correspondent, said, “Yes, it is true and we are honestly shocked”.
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