By Tom Garba,Yola – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed concern over what it described as continuous release of incomplete salaries to public universities.
The Yola Zone of the union which comprised Adamawa State Univerisity, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Taraba State University, University of Maiduguri and Yobe State University raised the concern in a statement Tuesday in Yola.
The statement read by the leader of the zone, Dr Musa Abdullahi, said the development has made it impossible for some universities to pay salaries.
“The Yola zone of ASUU frowns at the current posture of government over the release of incomplete salaries to public universities.
“This ugly trend which reared it’s head in November 2015 has continued unabated by the Federal Government.”
The statement said that the development would compelled universities to resort to commercial ventures to augment shortfall thereby commercializing university education.
“Should Nigerian public universities be coerced to begin to raise revenue from within to pay salaries that would be the end of the road for the education of the children of the Nigerian masses.
“Any further short fall in salary payment would not be accepted by the union and should the situation persist, then we are not in a position to guarantee industrial harmony in days come.” Abdullahi said.
The Union also commiserate with the NUJ Adamawa state chapter over the demise of the sun Newspaper correspondent in the state, comrade David Molomo.
According to them it was the reason that they had to hold the press conference in Yola instead of Maiduguri in order to pay respect to Molomo who has been positively reporting the union (ASUU)
He also called on government to pay the outstanding Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) to deserving university staff, adding that the arrears of the allowances has accumulated for seven years.
While announcing the union resolved to quit contributory pension scheme, Abdullahi said ASUU plan to establish its own pension company to be known as Nigerian Universities Pension Company (NUPENCO).