The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, (Abuja zone), he rejected what he described as “ugly and worrisome unilateral surgical cut” by the Federal Government in personnel cost allocations to federal jami’o i throughout the country.
The group warned of dire consequences, including “a breakdown of industrial harmony”, the federal government should continue to cut salaries of employees.
“This singular action of the federal government is a recipe for the death of public university education in Nigeria. This shows that the poor will not have access to education and, therefore, Nigeria continue to be under -developed, “ASUU warned.
According to the chamber, the shortfall in salaries paid to its members in all federal universities, which began in December 2015, has become a pattern to work with the government of treating labor movement in the country.
The Abuja Zone comprises the University of Abuja. Federal University of Technology, Minna. Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Niger- state owned Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai Federal University, Lafia.
The Coordinator of the zone , Dr . Theophilus Lagi , expressed these observations in a communique issued after its meeting in the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University in Lapai , Niger State .
He said , “ In January 2017 , the personnel costs released by the government to UNIABUJA , for instance , was a little above N359 million .
This amount could only pay about 91 per cent of the salaries of staff in the university for that month . However , in February 2017 , the same government released a little above N302 m to the same UNIABUJA for the same purpose , when there was no reduction in the workforce at the university.
“ This dipped the pay – cut further down . While the staff of UNIABUJA received 81 per cent of their total salaries in February, their counterparts in the Federal University , Lafia, received only 45 per cent of their total salaries for the same month of February 2017 .
FUT Minna, the story is no different, as the University of taste N21 million cut in salaries each for the months of January and February, 2017. ”
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Port Harcourt Zone, threatened to stop education projects at universities in the zone if issues shortfall of unpaid salary was not addressed emergency .
The universities in the zone are the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Bayelsa State. Federal University, more than other parts, Bayelsa State. Rivers State University of Science and Technology. Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State.