From Felix Ikem, Nsukka

President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),  Emmanuel Osodeke has assured members that their eight months withheld salary arrears arising from the Federal Government’s no-work, no-pay policy will be paid.

Osodeke gave the assurances in Nsukka, yesterday,  while addressing ASUU members at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) during the branch’s Seminar and Foundation Laying Stone of the UNN-ASUU Branch Secretariat Complex.

He said the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union would not relent until the salary arrears of members were fully paid and all their demands met. He, however, urged members to prepare for more struggle.

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“The reason government and their agents have continued to create problems and make attempts to destabilize ASUU is that they are not comfortable that we are united and always speak with one voice.

“I am happy that every attempt by the government to create disunity in ASUU to prevent paying the withheld salaries failed.

“This is the reason why I am assuring you that very soon, your eight months withheld salaries will be paid because we are using all legitimate means to achieve this,” he said.

Speaking on the theme of the seminar “The Strength of the Union and Its Principles” Prof  Nasir Fagge, who was ASUU national president between 2012 and 2016 urged members to understand the principles of ASUU which he said is what made the union strong in every circumstance.