AAU-ASUU alleges foul play over payment of Jan., Feb salary arrears

AAU-ASUU alleges foul play over payment of Jan., Feb salary arrears

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Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma lecturers have acknowledged the payment of two months payment of January and February 2021 salary arrears by Edo State government.

But the Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU) in the institution, on Tuesday, expressed reservation over 15 months arrears of check off dues and other sundry deductions and 4 months outstanding salaries.

Chairman of ASUU, AAU Chapter, Prof. Monday Igbafen in a terse statement, accused the State government of breaching the Memorandum of Action (MoA) the University Administration signed with ASUU, leaving them with uncertain future.

He lamentwd that the MoA was part of the conditions to suspended its strike that paralysed academic activities in the University for months.

According to him, “Only two months net salaries paid without paying more than 15 months arrears of check off dues and other sundry deductions and four months outstanding salaries.

“It is a breach of the MoA the University Administration signed with ASUU. ASUU will meet on July 1 to take decision on the next line of action”, he lamented.

Similarly, the Secretary to ASUU, AAU Chapter in a notice of Congress dated Monday June 29, 2021, has slated a Congress of the Union for July 1, 2021.

It said update on non-payment of salaries, check-off dues and other deductions/Expiration of MoA as well as other local issues, will be discussed at the Congress in the University.

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Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki, in May this year, approved the appointment of Prof. Osarieme Benson Osadolor as the acting Vice Chancellor of the University after he signed the AAU Special intervention Powers) Provision of Law 2021, in exercise of his powers as the visitor to the 40-year-old ivory tower.

The Governor had also named the new Governing Board after he announced the dissolution of the former Board.

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