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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abia State University, Uturu branch, has cried out to the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and the stakeholders in the state to come to their aid over ten months of unpaid salaries and unremitted allowances.
In a press statement made available to Newsmen, its Chairperson, Comrade Victor Nkemdirim reiterated that the union had urged the Abia State Government to intervene and pay the said salaries.
According to him, our members are deeply pained because of the sorry state we have found ourselves in.
“All we are asking for is the prompt and regular release of the subvention to the university as it is in the appropriation law of the state. At this point, we call on our colleague, His Excellency, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu PhD to listen to the cries from his constituency.
“The peculiar situation where Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from student’s school fees would be used to pay salaries of staff. This is a case of self-destruction where the managers, instead of forcing the government to release subvention to the university pretends that IGR can solve the litany of problems in the University. What deceit!
“It is important to note and to bring to the attention of the public the pathetic condition afflicting lecturer’s in ABSU. We have never had it so rough and traumatic. The staff of ABSU is wondering what they did to earn such a fate/punishment. Who did we offend?
“For the avoidance of doubt, we are owed 10 long, tedious and agonizing months of arrears of salaries. The last salary payment received was that of September 2021.
“The non-implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, resulting in arrears of 18 months, amounting to close to 1 billion nairas, withheld cooperative and loan deductions, non-payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) since 2009 which most state universities are enjoying, no pension fund and many more.
“We wish to draw the attention of the students, parents, and the general public to the fact that 99% of the lecturer, apart from maybe the managers have run out of stock of begging strategies.
“Most colleagues are hospitalized, there are some who could not even afford to go to patent medicine shops, some neither have access to their routine drugs nor eat one full square meal a day.
“Our children have been sent out of school, landlords are on us as a result of expired rents, our aged parents and other dependants have lost hopes. It’s that bad.
“On a note of appreciation, we thank His Excellency, the Governor of the state for the timely and effective response to the security challenges within and around the University community.
“We hope that the robust/active security architecture will arrest the situation to safeguard the lives and properties of both members of the University community and other innocent road users”.