The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has pushed for the payment of the professors’ unpaid wage backlog, arguing that without it, incomplete academic sessions should be ignored.
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Despite the fact that public universities have been closed since February, according to union president Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, lecturers should still be paid since they are required to teach in order to make up for the time lost due to the shutdown.
Following the government’s insistence on not paying the professors due to the industrial action, Osodeke was speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily.
“Let me tell you the difference between ASUU and other labour unions. When other unions go on strike and come back, all those periods for which you are on strike, you don’t need to do the backlog of work,” the ASUU chief explained.
“But for ASUU, when we go back today, we are going to start from the 2020/2021 session. For these two sets of students that have been admitted by JAMB, we have to teach them over these periods to ensure that we meet up with the system.
“So, we are going to do the backlog of the work we have left behind. We are not going to start today and say ‘This session is 2022/2023, therefore, all these two sets of people that have been admitted by JAMB are cancelled. We have to take another admission for the 2023/2024 session’.”
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