Following the payment of half salary to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by the Federal Government, the union is set to fix an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
Although a date is yet to be fixed for the said meeting, Punch reports that the decision came after the government paid members of ASUU half salary for the month of October.
More reactions by the members of the union were received in Abuja, following the government's move.
“I was shocked when I received an alert from my bank and I noticed that I got half salary; they didn’t even talk about the backlog of the eight months of the strike," a source.
Another affected salary earner said, “It is true, I received half, In fact, some professors received salaries of N121,000; this is the fact, we are waiting for the decision of the national body, our members are very angry right now.”
ASUU's National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, who confirmed the development in Abuja said, "Half salaries were paid, no reasons were given whatsoever.
"We learnt that Ngige wrote the office of the Accountant General and Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system and told them to only pay us for the period when we called off the strike.
“We heard there was a letter to that effect but we haven’t gotten it yet. We are going to summon a meeting.”
When contacted, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Education said, “We don’t pay salary at the Ministry of Education. Kindly direct your question to the office of the Accountant General.”
ASUU called off its eight-month strike on Friday, October 14, 2022, with its members resuming work immediately.