Non-payment of salaries will deepen corruption - ASUU warns

Non-payment of salaries will deepen corruption - ASUU warns

- The Ibadan zone of the ASUU says when students are sent home owing to strikes it makes them vulnerable to vices

- The chairman of ASUU LAUTECH, Biodun Olaniran, argues that it amounts to corruption to deliberately create situations that make people vulnerable to crime

- Professor Itse Sagay says the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, will remain in her position despite being accused of forgery

The Ibadan zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned that corruption and heightened security tensions in the country are deepened by the non-payment of salaries to workers and university lecturers.

The academic union said when students are sent home owing to strikes it make them vulnerable to vices.

The zone faulted Oyo and Osun states’ government for reportedly failing to pay 10 months salary arrears and allegedly defaulting over statutory function to Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, the Nation reports.

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The Ibadan zonal coordinator of ASUU, Ade Adejumo, warned that allowing the university workers to proceed on another round of strikes would put the progress of the institution on hold and expose the students to crime and criminality.

On his part, the chairman of ASUU LAUTECH, Biodun Olaniran, argued that it amounts to corruption to deliberately create situations that make people vulnerable to crime.

“It is total corruption to deliberately create conditions that will make people vulnerable to crime and criminality. Why will government not pay people and be expecting them to work. Which of the governors is not getting paid and receiving security votes?

"If workers are coming to work for ten months without pay, a reasonable government should be worried about how the people are coping and surviving rather than think everything is normal. This warning strike is to alert the public of an impending full blown total strike if the government refuses to accede to the request of the ASUU members,” he stated.

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In other news, the chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), has faulted calls for the removal of Kemi Adeosun as finance minister over the allegation that she skipped the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme and forged an exemption certificate.

The Nation reports that Sagay said Adeosun would remain the minister of finance despite the forgery scandal, adding that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari "cannot afford to lose that woman."

NAIJ.com gathers that he said he did not know why the government had not reacted to the forgery allegation .

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