Speaking with Punch on Wednesday, the UNIMAID ASUU Chairman, Dr Dani Mamman, said the move became necessary as the lecturers were being owed five months’ salaries.
Mamman said that funds from the ASUU cooperative society were used to cushion the effect of the non-payment of salaries on lecturers. He said:
“We are lucky because we have the cooperative. So, what we do is that every member will be able to collect foodstuffs depending on your salary.
“Some could take two, three bags of rice or more. We also give monetary palliatives in terms of soft loans. Each of the lecturers collected not less than N110,000 so far.
“The Federal Government still owes us four months arrears and that is excluding July salary. We were only paid June; UNIMAID and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike are suffering this.
“No more pressure from the national ASUU because they categorically said they have no direct business with anything that has to do with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. We are owed February, March, April, May.”
KanyiDaily recalls that ASUU had declared an indefinite strike on March 23, 2020, over the Federal Government withholding of the salaries of its members, who refused to enroll in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information platform (IPPIS).