Industrial unions under
the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASUEAI) and the National Association of Technologists (NAT) in the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University (NDU) have bemoaned the non-payment of their three-months’ salaries.
The unions in a communiqué issued recently in Yenagoa and signed by the various union leaders, said that the non-payment of their salaries had made lives unbearable for them and their families.
The Unions urged the state government to immediately pay their three months’ salaries, January, March on the basis of the concluded Bank Verification Number (BVN) they had earlier submitted to the state government.
The communiqué said that the respective union leaderships supported the state government’s staff verification as a means of checking payroll fraud in the system.
But the unions faulted the timing of the present exercise by the government, stressing that the timing was a calculated attempt to worsen the already critical economic state of the people within the state university system.
The Union’s communiqué stated that “it is inhuman to expect our members to exercise further patience when three months into the new year salaries have not been paid.”
They further explained that “The development has resulted in families of our members going hungry, our children being driven out of school in the last term, the sick unable to get treatment, and eviction by landlords due to expiration of house rents.”
The unions also alleged that there is increased rate of hypertension and related diseases arising from members’ inability to provide essential items for their families and worsened by no means of credit facilities.
They called on the State Governor, Chief Seriake Dickson to look into their plight without further delay with a view to helping them meet their parental obligations and other commitments.