By FESTUS AHON
Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Delta State University, Abraka Chapter has given a 21-day ultimatum to Delta State Government to implement the new salary scale approved for university lecturers in the country by the Federal Government since October, with effect from July, 2009.
Addressing newsmen, Saturday, chairman of the chapter, Dr. Emman Mordi, said the ultimatum was to prod the state government into action, adding that if the new salary scale with its arrears from July, 2009 was not paid with April salary, the union leadership would no longer guarantee industrial harmony between it and the state government.
Mordi said the 21-day ultimatum took effect from 7 April, 2010, pointing out that the new salary scale was already being paid in other states of the federation. He recalled that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan had told the national executive of ASUU in early 2009 that Delta State government would be the first to pay the new salary scale once it is approved by the Federal Government when it paid a courtesy visit to the governor in Asaba.
Saying that the staff audit ordered by the state government was a ploy to delay the implementation of the new salary scale, he said the university management had carried out its audit and submitted same to government long ago. He said upon the decision of congress, staff members may be asked to shun the second audit.