ASSU Strike: VC Goes Into Hiding Over Withheld Staff Salaries

From  Joseph Amedu, Lokoja


Tension reached feverish pitch at the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL), following protest staged by members of the Senior Staff Association of the University on Monday over alleged withholding of their salaries and duty allowances by the management of the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Professor Angela Miri who  went into hiding  as  a  result of the development was accused by the union of always in the habit of withholding staff salaries for two weeks into the next month since assumption of office two years ago.

The protest, which temporarily brought to a halt all activities on the campus of the eight year old institution coincided with the commencement of the indefinite strike by the Academic staff Union of Universities ASSU which commenced on Monday.

The protesting workers attempted to break into the VC’S office on getting the hint that she was hiding in her office and not ready to address them.

Addressing journalists who stormed the Campus to cover the protest, the chairman of the Union, Uche Onyedi said that the association could not understand what is causing the delay since allocation have been paid.

Onyedi  accused the Vice Chancellor of being selfish by paying herself and feeling unconcerned about the plight of other staff that have not been paid.

He expressed concern that such had been the case since 2017 when Professor Angela Miri took over as the helm of affairs of the institution.

However, in a swift reaction, the vice Chancellor denied the allegation of deliberately withholding any workers salaries and allowances.

Professor Angela Miri who was in hiding spoke through Professor Osagbemi Makanjuola and attributed the delay to a technical hitch arising from the payment technology, Integrated Payment Platform IPP.

Makanjuola explained that both the school Busar and the VC were in Abuja to sort out the staff salaries issue.

“You know Nigeria is just getting used to new computer technology, and we are working round the clock to resolve the issue”.

He promised to ensure that all issues relating to salaries payment in the school were resolved within shortest possible time.