Sequel to the announcement that the federal government has increased the salary of junior staff of tertiary institutions from 23.5% which was reviewed last year to 25%, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is yet to receive official notice from the government to the effect.
This was made known by ASUU National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this in an interview with PUNCH on Friday.
“We have not been informed of such a development and when we are officially notified, we are going to react,” he told Punch.
But, another tertiary union, an off-shoot of ASUU, the National President of the Congress of University Academics, CONUA, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, said he was aware of the circular.
According to him, the pay rise was not enough, but that his union would not reject it.
“In fact, that circular ought to have taken effect many months ago. We met the then Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, over the matter.
“The thinking then was that the circular would be made public last March and the effective date of its effectiveness would be as from January this year and the arrears paid.
“What they are offering is not enough but we are not rejecting it. However, this is to be taken different from th general upward review of salaries of public workers in view of the current economic crunch in the country,” he said.