The leadership of the Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has appealed to the Federal Government to be magnanimous and pay all university lecturers their eight months withheld salaries.
Though the Federal Government had commenced the process of paying members of CONUA the withheld salaries since they refused to join the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, the president of the newly-registered union, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, however, appealed that all lecturers should be paid.
Sunmonu spoke on Saturday during CONUA’s maiden National Executive Council meeting held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he was ratified as the pioneer national president.
Maintaining that CONUA did not declare a strike, Sunmonu said, “The only thing we can do at this stage is to appeal to the Federal Government to be magnanimous to pay everybody. But along the line of principle, CONUA did not declare a strike and the no-work-no-pay policy will be unjust to be applied on it.”