ASUU AAU debunks salary payment to members

The Academic Staff Union of Universities at Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo State, has denied that its members were paid.

The association stated in a statement signed by the union's Chairman and Acting Secretary, Dr. Cyril Onogbosele and Dr. William Odion, that the alleged payment of all outstanding salaries of university staff was false.

It was stated that the institution's management practices selective payment.

"The university administration has adopted the practice of selectively paying monthly salaries in order to instill hunger, pain, and frustration in many employees and complicate the salary saga."

"The reality in AAU, Ekpoma as of today Tuesday, March 7, 2023, is a wide spread restiveness, worry, and sorrow as a result of a wicked continuation of selective payment of salary to some staff by the university administration," according to a statement made available to journalists in Benin on Tuesday.

"It is false that all arrears of salaries for university employees have been paid. It is merely a rumor intended to mislead and confuse the general public about the university's ongoing salary crisis.

"Many staff of the University, particularly, over 50 per cent of members of ASUU have been deliberately denied payment of salaries by the university administration for categories of months (January - December 2022 and January 2023), for no just reason.

"Although the February 2023 staff salary has been paid, the old pattern of selective salary payment remains. Many University employees (both academic and non-academic) have complained about being overlooked in the payment schedule."

It added that the selective payment of salaries of staff is deliberately designed by the administration to unduly punish some staff perceived as being their "enemies".

"Staff cooperative societies and saving schemes have also suffered setbacks due to non-remittance of deductions to the relevant beneficiaries for 27 months," it said.

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