Rising from its congress, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) OF Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba, frowned at the four months salary arrears owed staff of the institution and called for urgent financial intervention in form of increased funding by the State Government, to avoid the collapse of the institution.
Branch Chairman, ASUU of the institution, Dr. Simon Ehiabhi, who spoke to newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, said monthly subvention to the institution was slashed from N212.5m in the 2015 / 16 academic session to N148m monthly, adding that the reduction drastically affected the capacity of the institution to discharge its responsibilities, including prompt payment of salaries, and release of Union and Cooperative deductions.
He accused the university management of owing ASUU over N12m naira as members check-off dues, while the Academic Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society (ASCMS) was being owed over N100m, which represented deductions from academic staff salaries.
According to him: “As a result of non-release of the check-off dues, it has become extremely difficult for the unions to carry out some statutory functions to members in particular and to the general public, while the ASCMS is also going through difficult challenges in promptly meeting the financial needs of its members”.
“Despite the fact that AAUA had been rated as the best state University in Nigeria on several occasions and also in the 2020 webometrics ranking due to the commitment and dedication of staff of the University to the goals of University education, it is heartrending and unfortunate that the same members of staff are being subjected to poverty and penury as a result of non-payment of staff salaries as and when due.
“The once vibrant University campus is now full of staff with sad faces, wallowing in pains, sickness, deprivation, want, frustration and perhaps haplessness.