• Urges Nigerians, National Assembly to intervene
Ademola Babalola in Ibadan and Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU ) has called on the National Assembly to intervene and prevent the education sector from being plunged into another round of crisis due to what it called “unfortunate trend of decreasing salary to public universities.”
The ASUU boss in Ibadan Zone, Dr. Ade Adejumo, also threatened that the academic staff at LAUTECH may be forced to resume their suspended strike action against the backdrop of events in LAUTECH where Oyo and Osun States have demonstrated astonishing lack of commitment to the funding requirements of the institution.
He said the union would not mind to resume their suspended action even in the midst of the ongoing examination.
Adejumo, the Zonal Chairman, Ibadan Zone of ASUU comprising of University of Ibadan, LAUTECH, Unilorin, KWASU and UNIOSUN made the position of the body known in a release made available to news men yesterday.
Adejumo noted that the ugly trend which started since December, 2015 has occasioned payment of truncated salaries to ASUU members who have rendered hundred percentage of duties in the universities.
While citing the example of the University of Ibadan, Adejumo stated that the premier university had in the last two months has received drastically reduced salaries as a result of this inexplicable trend of incomplete subvention from the Federal government.
The Ibadan zone therefore called on the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to urgently intervene before the nation is thrown into another round of unnecessary crisis in the education sector adding that the state governments within the Ibadan zone must also live up to their funding responsibilities to their universities.
Also, the Calabar Zone of ASUU has appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the federal government to stop the reduction of their salaries and other academic entitlements or the university lecturers will confront the situation with firm and decisive measures.
The union members in the zone said aside from reducing them to a terrible financial situation, some of their members have died due to what they said was “strangulating cuts in salaries.”
Coordinator of the Calabar Zone, Professor Nsing Ogar, said the denial of the dues of the lecturers include, but not limited to “the incomplete payment of salaries, non-implementation of promotion, non-remittance of statutory deductions to unions, co-operative societies and creditor banks with which staff have commitments.