WORKERS of the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, have given the state government one week to pay backlog of salaries and promotion arrears owed them.
Representatives of the four unions namely: Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) gave the threat at a joint press conference held on Wednesday at the Senior Staff Club in Abraka.
Chairman of ASUU, Professor Abel Diakparomre, while addressing the press, stated that disillusioned workers of the institution were owed May and June 2016 salaries as well as arrears of promotions effected as far back as 2014 and 2015.
He noted that the situation was unacceptable because other workers in the payroll of the state government were not being owed, wondering why staffers of the institution were singled out for “deliberate financial strangulation.”
According to Professor Diakparomre, the non-payment of salaries and the promotion arrears may affect the forthcoming academic activities, especially the forthcoming examinations in the institution.
The union leader also warned that the situation might propel lecturers, who are already being lured outside the country to seek greener pastures since their economic security could no longer be guaranteed.