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Benue lecturers bemoan non-payment of salary

18 October 2013, 16:32

Makurdi -  Lecturers of Benue State University (BSU) on Friday lamented about the non-payment of their September salary, as they remained adamant over their demands which led to their current strike.

Dr Samuel Ikoni, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in BSU, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi that the non-payment of their September salary was a worrisome development.

"It is unclear if the non-payment of our salary is connected to the no-work-no-pay threat issued by Governor Gabriel Suswam some weeks ago," he said.

NAN recalls that Suswam then ordered the lecturers to return to work or forfeit their salary.

However, the lecturers defied the order, insisting that their continued participation in the strike was for the benefit of the BSU.

NAN also recalls that the ASUU embarked on the strike to press for increased funding of infrastructural projects and researches in the country’s universities, among others.

Ikoni, however, noted that the non-payment of salary was not peculiar to ASUU members alone, as members of the non-academic staff union too had yet to receive their salary.

He regretted the delay, saying that it had caused some hardship to the lecturers.

He stressed that the lecturers’ salary payment schedule, which was taken to the bank, did not have “a cash backing’’ to enable payment.

-  NAN


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