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ASUU to hold emergency NEC meeting over withheld salaries


The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are set to hold a meeting, during which they will deliberate the withheld eight-month salary arrears of their members.

Although the date for the meeting has not been decided by the National Executive Council of the union, ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, confirmed the development to Punch, noting that a due date would soon be picked and communicated to the public.

“We (NEC) had met before now and reached resolutions but will meet again to decide on the next step to take, and when we do so, we will let the public know.

“But what I can assure you is that we will meet very soon, and take a decision on this issue of withheld salaries. The FG must pay up these debts. It is our right.

“We have given the government some time to see if there will be any improvement, but they have done nothing. We are collating reports from our members and will take action,” he said.

While lamenting the situation, he said lecturers in Nigerian universities were going through hard times.

“Our members are passing through difficult times while they are doing the same work the FG said they did not do and were not going to be paid for.

“We are doing all these in the interest of the country but this will not be forever. We will certainly meet very soon and take a proper decision at that meeting,” he added.

He said there was no headway on the discussions between the lecturers and the Federal Government, noting that the legal battle between them would continue in February.

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