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ASUU threatens strike over payment shortfall


Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ibadan chapter, on Friday said 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 said 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, said 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.

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