Our salaries stagnated for 15 years -ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Benin zone has decried the non review of members salary from 2009 to date, describing the development as “inhuman, wicked” and an invitation to industrial disharmony.

The Benin Zonal coordinator of the union, Prof. Monday Igbafe, who disclosed this to journalists, expressed concern that governments at all levels are busy reviewing other workers salary while leaving that of lecturers.

Igbafe added that the last time lecturers salaries were increased was at the time dollar to naira was exchanging for#120.

According to him, “it is better imagined to note that what a Professor at bar earns in today’s Nigeria is about $400 per month which is a scandalous under-valuation of scholars.

“To continue to remain on the same salary regime for 15 years without review is not only wicked and inhuman but also an invitation to resistance/industrial disharmony.

Continuing, Igbafe said: “it is imperative to point out that the nagging issues between the government and our union in reference revolves round the abysmal failure by the government to satisfactorily implement the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement.

“It is not only sad but also provocative to note that the government as we speak is not moved by the several clarion calls and efforts by our union to get it to attend to these issues.

“By its action to ignore the union on these contending issues, the government is begging our union to proceed on strike”, Igbafen added.