By Salawudeen Olawale
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, on Friday disclosed that it would embark on an industrial action if the shortfall in the payment of salaries and allowances of its members continued.
The UI chapter of the union disclosed that it would resist any attempt by the Federal Government to increase the suffering of its members due to what it described as unilateral reductions of salaries of university staff.
The Chairman of ASUU in the school, Dr Deji Omole, who stated this in Ibadan, disclosed that over N140m was deducted from the personnel fund sent to the university by the FG in the month of February.
It was also gathered that other staff unions like the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-academic Staff Union of Universities also experienced huge shortfall of fund from the FG.
Omole questioned the rationale behind the short-changing of university workers after working full time.
He urged the Minister of Education to look into the issue before universities would be thrown into another round of crisis.
He said, “This government has consistently shown with her policies that it is anti-workers and anti-masses. How can a staff that was only paid a part of his salaries be accused of being overpaid? They should explain to us what is meant by overpayment before they destroy public universities with their latest method to enrich their friends.
“ASUU vows to resist this latest attempt to make life more difficult for the intellectual community. The public should not blame the union but the government who unilaterally reduced the salaries of lecturers without justification should this lead to another unrest on campuses.”