NLC Protest: ASUU members’ Salaries Have not Been Reviewed in 11 years — UNIJOS Chairman
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on July 26, 2022
As the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, country-wide protest begins today, labour unions within Plateau state defied the state government’s ban on a public procession to demand an end to the five months old the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU strike.
During the protest, Dr Lazarus Maigoro, the ASUU Chairman, UNIJOS chapter disclosed that the salaries of university lecturers in the country have not been reviewed in the last 11 years. Dr Maigoro accused the government of paying lip service to the growth of university education, insisting that education remains the bedrock of development in any society.
Lecturers in the government-owned universities embarked on a nationwide strike on February 14 over the adoption of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) of the government as the payment system in the university sector.
The union decried the poor funding of universities, and non-payment of salaries and allowances of some of their colleagues, among other issues. Since the industrial action began, several negotiations between the union and the government have ended in deadlock.
He further called on parents to support and collaborate with ASUU toward securing a better future for their children and the generation yet unborn. Dr Maigoro also commended the NLC and other affiliate bodies for their solidarity in calling on the government to address the issues.