ASUU rebuff pay cut, says Nigerian lecturers least paid in Africa
“In the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), the shortfall rose from 10% in 2015 to over 19% in 2016. The shortfall for 2016 amounted to over N1 billion.
“In January 2017, the salary shortfalls in FUTO was over 15.5% which amounted to over N82 million. This shortfall further increased to 29.5% in February 2017 and amounted to over N157 million.
“The situation is not different in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), where staff were paid 75% of their net salary in January 2017.
“The shortfalls in staff salary in MOUAU for January 2017 amounted to over N111 million. In February 2017, staff were also paid 75% of their net salary, while the shortfall increased to over N136 million.
“In the state-owned universities in the zone, salaries are not paid as and when due. For instance, in Imo State University, Owerri, the December 2016 salary was paid by the end of January 2017, while that of January 2017 was paid in the first week of March 2017.
“In Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, salaries are sometimes delayed for upwards of two months.”
He also said that in addition to salary shortfalls, check-off dues of union members, staff cooperative contributions and other authorized third party deductions for creditors were unremitted.