University professors under the umbrella of the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) have accused the Nigerian federal government of failing to remit five months owed by the union to the union’s pocket.
ASUU said the federal government deducted the verification fees on behalf of the Union and refused to remit them to the Union.
The withheld verification fees that have not been remitted to the Union portfolio, according to ASUU, are between February and June 2020.
The president of ASUU, the chapter of the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayo Akinwole, made these revelations on Sunday.
Akinwole warned that there is an evil conspiracy among the ruling elite to end public university education that provides education to more than 90 percent of Nigerian students in order to elevate private universities that are owned by themselves and their collaborators.
He said the union has been on strike for more than six months to draw the government’s attention to the criminal negligence implications of failing to fund public universities in light of growing insecurity and other social problems.
Akinwole, while speaking, further stated that the government’s plan to use the pay stoppage to punish university professors for being concerned about the sorry state of affairs in nations’ tertiary education has failed as members are determined to ensure that the government becomes responsive and accountable.
He argued that while the Union is ready to discuss pending issues regarding the implementation of the February 2019 MOA that the FG signed with ASUU and other terms of service with the government, the federal government has not been receptive, but has resorted to undertake propaganda against the union. .
Akinwole also denied the claim that the union would suspend its strike as propagated by Labor Minister Dr. Chris Ngige, adding that while the speakers are ready to work, it will not do so until the government fully meets all their demands. , including immediate implementation. .
He said: “As of today October 4, 2020, ASUU members are owed three (3) months of salary. In some universities like MOAU and UNIMAID, our members have not received salary for up to six (6) months.
“The Federal Government through the Office of the General Accountant of the Federation has criminally withheld five months (February-June 2020) Check-Off deducted from the salaries of our members without remittances to the Union.
“FG has forcibly enlisted our members in the National Housing Fund (NHF) scheme and has constantly been illegally deducting money for this from our members’ salaries.
“Our ongoing full, comprehensive and indefinite strike action would continue if this propaganda and lies against ASUU by designated individuals and representatives of the federal government such as Minister of Labor and Employment MoL & E Dr. Chris Ngige persists.”