ABSU Staff Voices Frustration Over Unpaid Salaries for 14 Months

According to the staff, Dr. Onoh, the salary arrears span from July 2022 to May 2023, amounting to 11 months, with an additional three months from April to June 2024.

ABSU Staff Voices Frustration Over Unpaid Salaries for 14 Months

A staff member of Abia State University (ABSU), Dr. J.O. Onoh, has disclosed his frustration over being owed a staggering 14 months' salary as of July 10. Speaking on behalf of numerous affected colleagues, provided a detailed breakdown of the outstanding payments, revealing a troubling pattern of delayed compensation.

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According to Dr. Onoh, the salary arrears span from July 2022 to May 2023, amounting to 11 months, with an additional three months from April to June 2024. This accumulation of unpaid wages has placed considerable strain on employees who rely on their salaries to support their families and meet essential financial obligations.

The disclosure comes amidst growing frustration among ABSU staff and other state workers, exacerbated by recent comments attributed to Abia State's Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Mike Akpara. Dr. Onoh criticized what he described as insensitive remarks made by the commissioner in various media reports. He refuted claims that only non-verified workers were affected by the delayed payments, asserting that the reality on the ground contradicts such assertions.

"Reports started to filter in sometime in June 2024 that some individuals received payments while others did not," Dr. Onoh stated.

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He emphasized that the issue cuts across both verified and unverified workers, challenging the government's narrative that verification status determined payment schedules. Dr. Onoh provided specific examples of the discrepancies: some received April salaries but not May or June; others got May's salary without April or June payments; and a few received payments for April and May but remained unpaid for June 2024.

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"The majority of staff, including myself, have not received salaries for April, May, and June 2024, despite our various bank affiliations," Dr. Onoh lamented.