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Unpaid Salaries: Varsity Lecturers, Zamfara Workers, Abia Doctors Celebrate Christmas In Anguish

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In light of the continued rise in the prices of goods, transport fares and skyrocketing inflation, federal university lecturers have lamented that the refusal of the Federal Government to pay their seven and a half months outstanding salaries and the delay in paying their December salary have foisted on them a bleak Christmas.

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Similarly, in federal universities, members of the Non-Academic Staff Union, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and National Association of Academic Technologists said the government still owed them between four and five months of unpaid salaries, which they said dampened their celebration.

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They said they had yet to be paid for December; a development they noted had only compounded their woes and plunged some of them into misery.

They admitted that even though no law says salaries must be paid before festivities if the month had yet to end, they expected to be paid their December salaries so that they could have money to cater for their families and loved ones.

some institutions, NASU and SSANU members are still owed up to four months, while NAAT members are owed about five and a half months.

A cross-section of university lecturers across the country, who spoke to our correspondents, said the situation had plunged many of them into huge debts as they had pressing financial obligations that must be met, especially in a season like this.

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The Federal Government had withheld the university workers’ salaries due to their strike actions that spanned months in the course of the year. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, insisted that the no-work-no-pay policy invoked on the striking university workers would be strictly enforced.

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