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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

ASUU Rejects Pay Cut In varsities And Threatens Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (Abuja zone), has rejected what it described as “ugly and worrisome unilateral drastic cut” by the Federal Government in the personnel cost allocations to federal universities throughout the country.

The organisation warned of dire consequences, including “a breakdown of industrial harmony”, should the Federal Government continue to cut salaries of workers.

“This singular action of the Federal Government is a recipe for the death of public university education in Nigeria. This implies that the masses shall no longer have access to university education and, therefore, Nigeria shall continue to be under-developed,” ASUU warned.

According to the union, the shortfall in salaries payment to its members in all federal
universities, which began in December 2015, had become a pattern employed by government to oppress labour movement in the country.

The Abuja Zone comprises University of Abuja; Federal University of Technology, Minna; Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Niger-State owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai and Federal University, Lafia.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Port Harcourt Zone, has threatened to suspend academic activities at the universities in the zone if issues of shortfall and unpaid salaries were not addressed urgently.

The universities in the zone are the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Bayelsa State; Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State; the Rivers State University of Science and Technology; and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State.

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