Borno varsity lecturers protest No salaries, No graduation
Due to the disagreement between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on the pro-rata payment of salaries, the final-year students at the University of Maiduguri in Borno State will not graduate this year.
This comes after the administration refused to pay the eight months’ worth of salaries that the striking professors withheld.
Following the strike, the university held exams for students in the 2020–2021 academic year, but the lecturers decided not to mark the scripts.
The coordinators of sections 1-4, 5, or 6, as appropriate, will not compute academic standing, he insisted.
“Current final year students will not be graduated,” Saidu continued, “since departmental and faculty boards, as well as the university Senate, will never take the outcomes of the 2020/2021 session into consideration.
“The government stated “no job, no money,” but we reply “no pay, no work.”
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), was urged by the UniMaid ASUU branch to issue an order to reverse the “unacceptable” pro-rata payment of university lecturers’ salaries and to ensure the full payment of the eight months’ worth of withheld wages.
Prof. Martha Tarfa of the university’s Faculty of Biological Sciences protested to reporters that the government’s decision on the payment of our salary was unacceptable.
It is inappropriate to treat us as daily wage employees or laborers, she continued.
Francis Okoye, a law student at the university, told The PUNCH that “these decisions by the ASUU branch of our university is a bad omen to us, students,” adding that “It will be detrimental to us.”