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Niger Delta University, NDU staff cry out - we are dying of Hunger

Workers of the Niger Delta University, Amassama, have
accused the Bayelsa State Government of insensitivity to
their plight.
The state, under the leadership of Governor, Seriake
Dickson, the workers alleged, owed them three months’
salaries.
The workers, comprising the Academic Staff Union of
Universities; Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities,
Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated
Institutions and the National Association of Technologists,
made this known in a communiqué on Monday.
The ASUU Chairman, Dr. Stanley Ogoun; SSANU Chairman,
Wilcox Fakidouma; NAAT Chairman, Ekipre Dienagha; and
the NASU Chairman, Kenneth Akpofagha, signed the
communiqué.
According to them, the non-payment of their salaries has
made life unbearable for them.
The development, they claimed, had made them not to meet
their obligation to train their children and wards.
The groups said, “It is inhuman to expect our members to
exercise further patience when three months into the New
Year, salaries have not been paid. The development has
resulted in families of our members going hungry, our
children being driven out of school, and the sick uncared
for. We are also facing eviction due to our inability to pay
our rents.
“Also, there is increased rate of hypertension and related
diseases arising from members’ inability to provide food on
the table and worsened by no means of credit facilities.”
The groups, which said they supported the state
government’s staff verification as a means of ending fraud in
the system, however, faulted the timing of the exercise.
They argued that the timing was a deliberate attempt to
worsen their already critical conditions, particularly against
the backdrop that those who spent the last four years to do
verification did not achieve any result.
They added, “By extending the period of no salaries beyond
the third month, our Visitor is vicariously liable for
systematically compelling genuine workers to indulge in
criminality to keep their families alive. Where is the place of
empathy in public policy formulation and implementation?
We are calling on the governor to condescend to the state of
the ordinary worker whose take home pay cannot even take
him home.”

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