The Federal Government of Nigeria has dismissed claims by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that they are being owed eight months salary.
FG said that the claim that university lecturers have not been paid for eight months is untrue.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said this while speaking on Channels Television’s program, Politics Today,
Nwajiuba maintained that such a claim was unfair.
He said that said some lecturers got excess salaries and had to refund back it to the government.
This is coming at the point where the FG and ASUU are at loggerheads over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi had accused the federal government of withholding the salaries of lecturers for eight months. The Minister said “It is a lie.”
Nwajiuba said that it would be “unfair to the government” to start such kind of argument.
“I think it is a lie to say the government has not paid them in eight months. It will be unfair to the government and wouldn’t be necessary to bring that kind of argument because some people may have different levels,” Nwajiuba said.
The Minister pointed out that some lecturers were overpaid and they refunded the money to the government.
He said, “Some people even got salaries that were not adequate. Some people got over and had to refund. There were so many issues with it.”
ASUU who embarked on strike over five months had faulted the introduction of IPPIS.