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Abia: ASUU Protests Non-Payment Of Salaries To Staff

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at Abia State University raises concerns over unpaid salaries for many faculty members in April and May, with some employees getting pay cuts.

Chidi Mbah and Victor Obisike, ASUU’s chairperson and secretary, shed light on the truth, stating that a small minority of staff with commercial bank accounts received their April salaries, and an even smaller number received their May pay, despite the government’s claims to the contrary.

The ASUU leaders reveal that the inconsistent salary payments and deductions have spawned widespread financial hardship, anxiety, and unease among the impacted staff, throwing their lives into turmoil.

“Moreover, many of the staff who received either their April or May salary experienced unexplained deductions ranging from N8,000 to N53,000 from their salary at the source.

“Due to this staggered payment system, the unions within the university cannot ascertain the status of their check-off dues, which are typically deducted at the source of payment.

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“Furthermore, it is important to highlight that our 11 months of outstanding salary arrears remain unpaid. Despite repeated assurances, not a single month of these arrears has been settled,” the union alleged.

As ASUU endorses Governor Otti’s vision for a revamped Abia State University, they implore government officials to depoliticize the salary payment issue and appeal to the state government to swiftly resolve the lingering concerns highlighted in their complaint.

“It is imperative that the government acknowledges the financial hardships faced by university staff and takes immediate action to ensure that all outstanding salaries, including the arrears, are paid promptly and in full,” said ASUU.

ASUU insisted that the government has a moral obligation to recognize the extreme financial hardship faced by university employees and take swift and decisive action to pay all outstanding wages, including the arrears, in full and without delay.

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