A group, under the auspices of the All Progressives Congress Youth League in Bayelsa state, has demanded for the payment of the 23 months salary arrears owed lecturers in the state-owned Niger Delta University, NDU, Amassoma, Bayelsa.
Highlighting the plight of the lecturers yesterday, the group led by Mr Domor Mienye, said in Yenagoa that Governor Seriake Dickson should take the payment of the arrears to the lecturers seriously because non-payment of the arrears has many social implications.
The group, that claimed that some workers and academic staff in the university were being owed salary for 23 months, wondered why the Dickson administration was beating its chest in self-praise while many workers in the state are owed backlog of salaries.
“Less than two weeks ago, an engineer with the Bayelsa Water Corporation committed suicide when he could not afford medications for medical complications following 13 months salary arrears owed more than 150 workers.
“Other department and agencies suffer similar fate and unfortunately cannot speak out. It is on record that lecturers in the Niger Delta University, NDU, who were employed in October 2013, have not been paid their salaries since then, though they have been working diligently.
“Pensioners have not been paid for two months and Dickson has suspended the payment of gratuity in the state.
“We cannot fathom why he has refused to pay them; it is an irony that Gov. Dickson has chosen the path of negligence and deliberate victimisation of a selected few. The affected workers and pensioners should come out and ask Dickson for their entitlement,’’ the statement said.
When Nigerian Pilot Saturday sought clarification on the matter, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Dan Kikile, said that he was not in a position to speak on the issue but assured that he would make find out the situation on it and further urged our correspondent to direct to union leaders in the institution.
Dr. Beke Sese, immediate past Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, confirmed that the state government owed the lecturers 23 months’ salary but said all efforts to get the government to pay them have so far yielded no dividends.

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