Staff of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike on Thursday, May 14, if Niger State government fails to meet its demands. learnt that Niger State government have till Wednesday to effect payment of April salary of the staff of the state owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai or the workforce goes on industrial action.

The ultimatum was given by all the labour unions in the institution.

This was disclosed by the branch chairmen of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), Comrade Shehu Mohammed Lawal, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mahmood Musa Mahmood, Non-Acadrmic Staff Union (NASU), Mustapha Abdulkadir and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), Babakatcha Ndanusa in Minna, the state capital.

ASUU chairman who spoke on behalf of the unions said over years the staff strength of the university had been increased without a corresponding increament in the financial allocation which made it impossible for the university to pay salaries now.

He argued that the N70 million monthly subvention to the University was grossly inadequate to meet the present staff monthly wage bill of N120 million.

“The four unions wish to bring to the notice of the government and people of Niger state the gross underfunding that has continuously plague IBB University, Lapai which has resulted to its inability to pay salaries. As it is now, salary for the month of April, 2015 has not yet been paid while there other outstanding areas since August, 2014.

“Therefore, based on the foregoing, we are giving the state government from now to Wednesday to pay our salary or we will remain with no option than to down tools.

” The Union wish to forcefully put on record that payment of staff salary is the sole responsibility of the proprietor of the University,” the unions maintained.

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