National President of Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has criticized Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, over his alleged authorization of the part-payment of salaries to members of the union, following the suspension of its seven-month strike in October.
This comes after ASUU last month suspended its eight-month strike in line with an order by the National Industrial Court for the lecturers to return to work.
Professor Osodeke expressed confidence that the agitations of the union would be resolved in the interest of students, parents, and the country.
The ASUU president confirmed that the part payment was the first salary paid to union members since the strike commenced.
Federal Government has since defended the pro-rata payment to ASUU members in October, saying they cannot be paid for work not done.
Dr. Ngige, through the spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, dismissed media reports that the government was biased in paying the university teachers.