Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, who is the chairman of, University of Jos chapter of the union (ASSU) has stated in a statement on Saturday, in Jos that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may embark on an industrial action if the 13 months’ salaries of over 1,000 of its members across the country were not paid.
He went further to accuse Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of Federation (AGF), of systematically denying the lecturers their salary, despite the fact the government and the union had reached an agreement on non-victimisation of its members after the last long strike.
Even though President Muhammadu Buhari, has given directives that members of the union be paid their salary fully,the request is being denied by the AGF,this is in complete violation of the terms of the agreement signed between the union and government.
In a state Issued by Lazarus Maigoro, he stated:
“ASUU wants to bring to the attention of the Nigerian public the deliberate, systematic and unpatriotic actions of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on the future of education in Nigeria.
” Idris, from all intent and purposes, is bent on withholding the salaries of over 1,000 members of ASUU spread across the country, with more than 100 of such lecturers being members of our branch at the University of Jos.
“This is simply because they participated in the last strike and refused to enrol in the much discredited IPPIS, despite the non-victimisation clause signed in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) that led to the suspension of the strike in December 2020.
“Despite the directive given by Mr President to pay the salaries of all lecturers, the AGF has refused to pay their salaries, for periods ranging from four to thirteen months, respectively”,he said
Maigoro has therefore called on the President Buhari to look into the matter so as to wade off any strike by the union.