The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) chapter, has claimed that about 600 of its members were owed salaries during the 2022 national strike action.
The union said the members affected are those in the College of Medical Sciences, especially those in Biochemistry and outside the clinical setting.
The ATBU ASUU branch Chairperson, Ibrahim Inuwa, made the claims while fielding questions from journalists shortly after holding a press conference on Thursday.
Inuwa said, “Virtually, all members that are part of the College of the Medical Sciences were not paid. We have a substantial number of our members in the College of Medical Sciences who were also not paid.”
According to Inuwa, the union decided to speak up now following findings by the committee set up which did one or two preliminary investigations to confirm the veracity of its members’ non-payment of salary claims.
Inuwa called on the Federal Government to “address this unfair treatment” meted on academics in Nigerian public universities.
The union also lambasted the former Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, for allegedly using deceptive tactics to divide and break the resoluteness of its members during the Union’s 2022 national strike that lasted almost 8 months.
It stated that the actions of the former minister were done deliberately to frustrate its members.