We Can’t Teach Until We Are Paid, Say UNIJOS Lecturers
— Blame Ngige For FG’s Refusal To Pay ASUU Members
By Kelechi Eke
Lecturers in the University of Jos have said they are not able to and will therefore not teach their students until they are paid their withheld salary arrears.
The lecturers also blamed the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, for Federal Government’s refusal to pay them their withheld arrears of salaries as agreed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The lecturers position is contained in a 17 paged press release, dated 4th November, 2022 and signed by Associate Prof Lazarus Maigoro, the ASUU Chairman, University of Jos.
In the press statement, UNIJOS lecturers said: “In view of the bottleneck placed by Ngige towards paying our members the backlog of our salaries, the Congress of ASUU, University of Jos, met today, 4th November, 2022 and resolved to stay at home, though not on strike, until the backlog of the withheld salaries are paid.”
It would be recalled that following the long drawn disagreement between ASUU and the Federal Government, ASUU went on a prolonged strike.
The Federal Government had to drag the matter to court.
Following court’s order that the striking lecturers must first resume work, ASUU asked it’s members to obey court order and resume work.