The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Kogi State University, Anyigba, in Kogi State, has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to pay the five months backlog of salaries owe its members after which they would enforce the principle of “No pay, no work.”
The union noted that while it was against corruption in any form, paying its members outstanding salaries would enable them continue the war against corruption without any hindrance.
Dr Daniel Aina, the Chairman of ASUU, KSU, Anyigba, lamented that ASUU members could no longer feed, transport themselves to work and pay their children’s school fees among others.
According to him, the state government had, in the last five months, failed to pay the lecturers their salary, saying the academic staff of the institution had been living in a precarious economic situation where they can no longer meet their basic needs.
His words: “No forms of corruption in extorting money from students could be allowed under any guise in KSU, but we know that a hungry man is more prone to corruptive tendencies. Therefore it is no longer acceptable that our members continue to work with five months backlog of unpaid salaries.
“The union has given the state government 21 days to pay all the outstanding salaries and to ensure that henceforth no salary is delayed more than seven days from the end of the preceding month, failure will result in “no pay, no work.”
The ASUU chairman stated that the best that could be done to forestall negative attitudes from members was for the state government to pay their salaries as at when due to guarantee free corrupt institution.