The Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), University of Ilorin chapter Dr Abdulraheem Usman has expressed gratitude to the federal government over the payment of UNILORIN lecturers.

The chairman made this known while speaking with newsmen n Ilorin.

He said the “Earned Allowance” has been an aid to lecturers in the university.

He also said that all the lecturers presently on the campus with the exclusion of those on leave, retired or late have been paid.

He said; “We paid everyone including those who are among us but are against us. So, all members of ASUU not on leave have been paid. For those who are late, we have asked the registry to reconcile the proper account so that we can pay the family.

“We have also asked those, who have resigned to come with their papers, they would be paid. Everyone captured within the year 2009-2012 that the money was meant for will be paid.”

He clarified that the union did not beg anyone before the money was paid to them, stating that it was their legitimate right because they worked for it.

He said; “It was not strike allowance, but earned allowance. So, we deserved it more than any other member because we didn’t go on strike and that was why we didn’t go to beg anyone over the payment, while the saying lasted. Though some members said we should go and beg, but we declined. We merely dissolved their ego on the altar of courage and resilience.”

He commended the understanding of the minister of education, the Accountant General of the Federation and other stakeholders towards the payment, and also called for the payment of the second tranche 2013-2017 which though he said no university has been paid.

It could be recalled that earlier this year, ASUU began the payment of earned allowance (calculated as the extra teaching of students) to lecturers of the country’s universities except UNILORIN.

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