The Academic Staff Union of Universities has accused the Federal Government of fostering corruption by its refusal to pay workers complete salaries.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Wednesday, accused the Federal Government of being responsible for the growing corruption in public universities across the country due to its inability to pay workers.
It has also given the Federal Government an ultimatum saying that at the end of March, all its members will start rejecting incomplete salaries. According to ASUU, the inability of the government to pay full salaries has forced workers to indulge in all sorts of corrupt practices in order to survive.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known in Abuja, during a press briefing on the outcome of its National Executive Council meeting, which was held in Modibo Adama University of Technology, Adamawa State.
He said that ASUU had mandated all its members “to reject all incomplete payments from the government, starting from the end of March.”
Ogunyemi said, “The minimum all employers owe their employees is paying their full salaries. When workers are not rewarded for job done, they are exposed to the temptations of cutting corners and corruptive tendencies to make ends meet.
“Government may surreptitiously be encouraging corruption in the Nigerian university system by deliberately underpaying academics and other workers in the system.
The NEC, having discussed the shortfall in the payment of salaries, resolved that, as from the end of March, 2017, ASUU members should reject any form of fractional payment of salaries as well as the non-release of subventions to state universities.”