ASUU denies the allegation of salary payment, questions the government’s sincerity.

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On Friday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) denied receiving or paying salary arrears that the Federal Government allegedly paid to its members across the country.

The denial comes after media reports that the federal government has begun paying minimum wage arrears, which it had previously denied.

owed lecturers as part of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUUefforts )’s to end the unions’ ongoing strikes.
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President of ASUU, told Saturday INDEPENDENT that none of the union’s members have received any compensation.

“That is something I am not aware of.” We don’t trust them because they can go to a bank and pay a few people before announcing to the public that payment has begun.

“I called about ten branches and for whatever reason, none of them have received a payment alert.”

“Nothing significant has happened within the last one week apart from the meeting with the Chief of Staff where it was promised that all issues would be resolved within one week,” the ASUU President said when asked about the meetings with the President’s Chief of Staff, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari. Nothing has happened in the last week, and the deadline has passed.

“That’s why we didn’t believe them when they asked us to end the strike first.” In negotiations, issues of trust and goodwill are crucial.”
Regrettably, Osodeke said the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) intervention shows that the Council does not understand how the government works.

“With all due respect to the intervening NIREC, they have no understanding of the government.” They will solicit on behalf of the government and will cease to intervene.

“There will be no further action because we are currently on strike.” We can’t call off the strike because the people we want to talk to aren’t trustworthy. We simply cannot. If we call off the strike today, they will simply go back to sleep, as they have in the past, and nothing will change,” he added.

On the alleged invasion of a peaceful protest by students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, in Akure by men of the Nigerian Army and Police, the ASUU President said that because students have the right to education and must react to anything that could obstruct their mission, they also have the right to peacefully protest.

“If the government has infringed on students’ rights to a quality education and the right to attend school, they have the right to take to the streets.” Education is a privilege, not a right.

“It’s surprising that the government has been dragging its feet on an issue that can be resolved quickly. Government officials are accused of embezzling all of the funds needed to revive the education sector, and one of them has been arrested on charges of stealing N80 billion.

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Another person has been charged with embezzling N49 billion.
“These are just two people who have embezzled a total of N129 billion.” If the investigation is expanded, we could be talking about billions of naira stolen from the government’s coffers.

“If the allegation is true, the same man who was accused of stealing N80 billion is the same man who said Nigeria doesn’t have money.”

“That is why we do not trust the government because it has repeatedly discussed the issues,” Osodeke added.

He urged the government to ensure that the military does not incite student violence as it did in Ondo.

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