By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Irked by the delay in the release of remittance of deductions of University workers salaries for the month of January, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday demanded immediate resignation of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Ahmed Idris from office.
ASUU while accusing the AGF of alleged gross incompetence in a joint statement issued by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of the union, Dr Ade Adejumo and University of Ibadan Chairman of the union Professor Ayo Akinwole frowned at the said failure in the release of the remittance .
According to ASUU in the statement, the failure of the Accountant General to release remit deductions of University workers salaries for the month of January three weeks after payment of their salaries ” is a deliberate plan to make university staff suffer.”
Specifically, ASUU described the AGF alleged action as not only wicked and fraudulent but a calculated attempt to unduly punish devoted university staff and make them vulnerable in a country that anything under the present government barely works.
“The AGF should resign with immediate effect for gross incompetence and abuse of office for his failure to release all the deductions from University workers salaries for the month of January. All deductions including cooperatives, levies, bank loans and check off are still being withheld 3 weeks after the payment of January salaries”, it said.
The union stressed, “this wicked action by the office of the AGF has created an undue hardship on the workers who are involved in the cooperative societies and other schemes through direct deductions from their salaries.”
“We demand immediate release of the seized fund with interests and the resignation of the AGF. There is urgent need to overhaul and refocus the office of the accountant general to be able to serve the nation better than it is currently doing.”