The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said that its members at all universities are yet to receive their salaries for February and March despite a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari that the wages withheld should be paid.
This was revealed on Friday by the President of the union Professor Biodun Ogunyemi during an interview in Abuja.
According to him, the delay in payment was a deliberate effort by the Office of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System to complicate the process of paying salaries.
He said, “If the agencies responsible refuse to carry out the directive, we are doing a letter of protest to the minister affiliated and to other quarters who should be aware of these deliberate efforts by IPPIS to derail this process of paying the salary to those who have been unjustly deprived.
“ASUU is not rejecting the payment of salary as directed; what ASUU is rejecting is the condition attached to the payment. From our understanding of what the President said, there should be no condition. We also know that the President directed the Minister of Finance to device any means so that the salary withheld be paid latest April 24.
“There is no way Mr President could have gathered the Bank Verification Numbers of scattered lecturers within three days. Our members are not on campus for them to fill forms at bursary.
“We see the BVN condition as a way of putting a wedge on the way; it is a way of ensuring that the directive is not carried out and our members are not happy with it. The universities have all the information they need to pay our members their withheld salaries.”