Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Kogi State University: ASUU disagrees with Kogi Gov over unpaid salary of 65 lecturers

Kogi State University, Ayigba

The state government had earlier said that it had paid 90 percent of the salaries and allowances it owed staff of Kogi State University.

The Academic Staff Union has criticised Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello over the unpaid salary of about 65 workers of the state university.

The government however, debunks the allegation, saying it has paid 90 per cent of the university workforce

The Abuja zone of the union on Monday, August 9, through its Zonal Chairman, Dr. Theophilus Lagi, during a briefing said the decision of the state government to ban ASUU in the state university is 'illegal' and 'anti-democratic'.


However, in a bid to settle the conflict between the state government and the academic staff, a group of elders, Kogi Elders Forum according to Punch had made attempted to mediate between the government and the union, but the move is yet to yield any result.

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Criticising the governor for his reactions to the union's demands, Lagi said Kogi State University is notorious for irregular payment.

He said ''We want Nigerians to know that we will not allow Governor Yahaya Bello to mortgage the future of the students of the Kogi State University. The governor has taken actions ranging from illegal proscription, obstruction of meetings and threats to sack academic staff.


“The university is notorious for irregular payment of salaries and allowances. The government claimed it had paid 90 per cent outstanding salaries of the staff of the university, but that claim is far from the truth.

“If the government had engaged the union in dialogue, the issue would have been resolved amicably. We have other state universities that could not pay all salaries too and an agreement was reached. But to proscribe the union is out of it.

Lagi however, advised the state government to call the affected lecturers and reach an agreement with them.

Governor Yahaya Bello in July proscribed the academic union of the university over the refusal of the union to call off six month old strike.

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