Lecturers and senior members of ASUU, have revealed that the Federal Government only paid lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities for 18 working days in the month of October.
The lecturers also revealed to newsmen under strict confidence that only half salaries were paid by the government.
Recall that ASUU called off its eight-month-old strike on October 14, 2022 and lecturers were encouraged to resume back to work by the union on that same day.
Speaking with newsmen, a senior member of the National Executive Council, said, “We were only paid for the days after the strike. I received a half salary. Other members are angry right now, they are blaming the NEC for calling off the strike.”
Another member, who confirmed the development, said, “Yes, it is true, I received half salary. It seems the government is set to kill unionism in the country but we are ready for them.”
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities is set to summon an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council following the decision of the Federal Government to pay the lecturers half salaries for the month of October.
Though no date has been fixed yet, it was gathered that the decision to convene a meeting followed the drama which erupted when members of the union received half salaries in their accounts.
A source in Abuja noted that half salaries were paid, “I was shocked when I received an alert from my bank and I noticed that I got half salary; they didn’t even talk about the backlog of the eight months of the strike.
Another source said, “It is true, I received half, In fact, some professors received salaries of N121,000; this is the fact, we are waiting for the decision of the national body, our members are very angry right now.”