Group condemns delayed payment of lecturers’ February salaries

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A group, Academics Without Barriers (AWB), has decried the non-payment of the February salaries of lecturers.

Already, the Nigerian government said that all lecturers who failed to enrol on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) would not be paid their salaries.

AWB described the development as not too good enough and another recipe for disaster.

National Coordinator of the group, Mallam Isa Abu, expressed this concern on Sunday in a signed statement made available to EduCeleb.com in Lagos.

AWB further described the action on the part of the government as ”unthoughtful, lacking in basic intelligence, without defined, unified purpose.”

”It simply takes away the University autonomy,” the group declared, warning that the economic situation in the country would be more chaotic and worsened if the aggrieved lecturers down tools and Universities were closed down.

AWB, while condemning the stand taken by ASUU on the matter, said such “action concerning the issue of enrollment on IPPIS and payment of salaries to its members has shown that the once vibrant organisation has sold out.”

It, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter and ensure that University lecturers were paid their salaries as at when due to enable them to attend to their various needs and those of their families.

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It also proposed that ”the issue of IPPIS is put under review and in fact discarded entirely because it is unnecessary and useless.”

“With various insecurity situation in the country, we cannot add another avoidable crisis. These University lecturers are human beings and they also have families to take care of. The economic situation in the country is tough and they deserve their salaries for them to discharge their duties effectively.”

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