Members of the Academic Staff Union of the University of Benin (ASUU), University of Benin (UNIBEN), have threatened to embark on industrial action over the non-payment of full salary for the month of February.
The Union had, at the end of its last Congress, issued a one-week ultimatum to management of the institution in which it demanded for full payment of members’ February salaries, the payment of outstanding allowances as well as the redress of the issue of over taxation which the Union alleged had made its members the lowest paid among Universities in the country.
The ultimatum was said to have expired last Friday without the university management reaching any agreement with the ASUU.
It was learnt that the inability of the University to pay salaries regularly to its workers was caused partly by alleged recent over-employment of staff without recourse to due process by management of the institution.
For instance, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Osayuki Oshodin, was said to have inherited a staff strength of about 2,500, but the figure rose to 6,800 by the end of his tenure, while additional staff said to have been recruited by the new management under Prof. Faraday Oruwense, further increased the staff strength to about 8,000, thus making the University of Benin as the highest with personnel cost in Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC)’s records. Read more