The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has come out to say, lecturers in Nigeria’s public universities have not been paid since February.
ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke stated that lecturers have not been paid since the union embarked on the ongoing industrial action in February this year.
He accused the Federal Government of using hunger as a tool to force the striking lecturers into returning to their classrooms.
Osodeke said the current administration cannot use the force of hunger to pull the striking union members, adding that Federal Government thinks that depriving the lecturers of their salaries will force the university teachers to collapse and end the strike.
The ASUU President said:
“Our salaries have been held, this is the sixth month our salaries have been held. They thought that if they hold our salaries for two or three months we will come begging and say ‘pls allow us to go back to work.
“But we as a union of intellectuals, we have grown beyond that. You can’t use the force of hunger to pull our members back which is exactly what the government is doing.”