The leadership of the Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has alleged that check-off dues deducted from its members’ salaries were remitted to the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
A statement by the CONUA National Coordinator, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, on Sunday said members of the group complained that dues deducted from their salaries were remitted to ASUU, a union they did not belong to.
Sunmonu urged the Accountant General of the Federation to ensure the refund of what had been deducted from CONUA members, saying it was against the tenets of the law to deduct check-off dues of CONUA members for ASUU.
He said CONUA had also requested a stoppage of the remittance of CONUA members’ check-off dues to ASUU, and expressed hope that the matter would be urgently addressed.
The statement read in parts, “The leadership of ASUU through its president unilaterally withdrew money running into millions of naira in 2017 from the account of the OAU branch. This illegal act necessitated the request to stop check off dues deduction.
“I urge the Accountant General of the Federation to ensure the refund of what had been deducted from CONUA members. It is inappropriate and against the tenets of the law to deduct check off dues of CONUA members for a union they do not belong to
“CONUA is an independent academic staff union in Nigerian universities. Hence, remitting CONUA members’ dues to another union is tantamount to an attempt to financially strangulate it.”
Recall that the Congress of University Academics (CONUA) which is a breakaway faction of ASUU had earlier on dissociated itself from the recently concluded indefinite strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ saying it would worsen the country’s problems.
The National Coordinator, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, and National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ernest Nwoke, CONUA described the strike as “utterly insensitive, irresponsible and a betrayal of national trust.”