The Academic Staff Union of Universities, told Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible for the growing corruption in public universities across the country, this they made public on Wednesday.
According to the union, the cut in remittances to public universities by the Federal Government, leading to the payment of staff salaries in bits, has only led workers to indulge in corrupt practices in an effort to cater for their needs.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known in Abuja, during a press briefing on the outcome of its National Executive Council meeting, which was held in Modibo Adama University of Technology, Adamawa State.
He said that ASUU had mandated all its members “to reject all incomplete payments from the government, starting from the end of March.”
Ogunyemi said, “The minimum all employers owe their employees is paying their full salaries. When workers are not rewarded for job done, they are exposed to the temptations of cutting corners and corruptive tendencies to make ends meet.
“Government may surreptitiously be encouraging corruption in the Nigerian university system by deliberately underpaying academics and other workers in the system. The NEC, having discussed the shortfall in the payment of salaries, resolved that, as from the end of March, 2017, ASUU members should reject any form of fractional payment of salaries as well as the non-release of subventions to state universities.”