Saturday, 25 June 2016

Nasarawa State Government Agrees To Pay NSUK Lecturers

•ASUU to hold congress on Monday
Finally, the standoff between ASUU and the management of Nasarawa State University over the unpaid salary arrears of lecturers seems to have come to an end, as government has agreed to pay the March and April salaries of the striking lecturers, starting this coming Monday, we can authoritatively report.
This agreement was reached moments ago at an expanded meeting held in Lafia, involving ASUU officials, NSUK Management and state government officials, with the Deputy Governor, Silas Agara chairing.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth and NGOs, Joseph Akala, who confirmed this to NSUK CampusWatch said "by the Grace of God the lecturers will start getting their salaries by Monday".
"Government has agreed to take up payment for the March and April salaries of the lecturers who are yet to receive their pay.
"This is to bring them at par with other workers in the state, who have already been paid March and April salaries.
"Nobody has been paid May salary yet", he clarified.
He further added if not because it is already weekend, that payment would have commenced immediately.
In a related tone, ASUU chairman, Dr. Theophilous Lagi, confirmed the agreement but said congress meeting of the Union will be held on Monday, 27 June, 2016 for members to deliberate on the offer.
"We met with government and they've made their proposal which we will take back to the congress, and you know our procedure", the ASUU boss said.
"They've agree to pay those who are being owed, but the decision to accept the offer rests on the congress and we have scheduled congress meeting this coming Monday", he confirmed.
On the striking non-academic staff, the governor's SSA said, government wants to take one step at a time, considering the economic situation in the country.
"Government has to prioritise. Government is aware of the hardship students are facing and the main goal now is to see the lecturers back in classrooms".
"The non-academic staff are not asking for salaries; theirs is the Earned Allowance.
"Their two months salaries have been paid and by Monday the lecturers will get their own, then we will begin to look into that.
"I appeal to students to remain calm and should understand that government is very much concerned about their welfare.
"Government had to sacrifice everything, that is why it's going to shoulder the two months salaries 100 per cent.
"You must know that government does not pay salaries of the university staff completely; the government provides monthly subvention while the university augments it with her Internally Generated Revenue.
"You should also know that the university IGR has been affected by the three months strike, which is why government will pay 100 percent of the March and April salaries without any augmentation from the university".
Commenting on the development, the Chairman of National Association Nigerian Students Joint Campus Committee, Comrade Thaddeus Maiyanga Maiyanga, praised government's effort and urged students not to leave campus as "the strike will certainly be suspended by grace of God, latest by Wednesday".
•Marcel Calista, a 200 Level Languages and Linguistics student, assisted in editing the story.

By Ofim Kelechi Ofim, Clement Philip Shimnom & Marcel Calista

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