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Pay our lecturers now, Okpara varsity ASUU tells FG

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The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has demanded the payment of the outstanding salaries of its members by the Federal Government.

In a statement by its Chairperson, Chinyere Echendu, and Secretary, Francis Nkaa, yesterday, MOUAU ASUU lamented that the school’s lecturers and their University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) colleagues had not been paid for months.

“Out of the 43 federal universities, only the two universities have not paid salaries for five to six months,” the statement said.

The union expressed surprise that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) had not explained why MOUAU lecturers and their UNIMAID counterparts had not been paid.

The statement said: “There are reports making the rounds that IPPIS officials are arm-twisting the universities’ administrators to get their staff paid.

“In February 2020, the officials of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation stopped the salaries of academic staff following a disagreement between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and Federal Government over the use of the IPPIS for salary payment.

“In April 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that academic staff of the universities whose salaries were stopped should be paid their February and March salaries through whatever means.

“As of now, the directive in relation to Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, and University of Maiduguri has not been carried out.

“We demand that MOUAU and UNIMAID lecturers should as a matter of urgency be paid their salaries for February – May 2020 which have been paid b y other universities.”

Echendu and Nkaa called on the OAGF and IPPIS and the Universities to pay the lecturers to avoid problems in the universities.


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