University lecturers seem ready for another showdown with government and the Minister of Education may need to take them more seriously.

The Chairman of ASUU in the University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole, has been talking tough, threatening strike if the shortfall in the payment of salaries and allowances of its members continued.

He said, “This government has consistently shown with her policies that it is anti-workers and anti-masses. How can a staff that was only paid a part of his salaries be accused of being overpaid?

“They should explain to us what is meant by overpayment before they destroy public universities with their latest method to enrich their friends.

“ASUU vows to resist this latest attempt to make life more difficult for the intellectual community.

“The public should not blame the union but the government who unilaterally reduced the salaries of lecturers without justification should this lead to unrest on campuses.”

According to Omole, over 140million naira was deducted from the money meant for salaries sent to the university by the government in the month of February.

This shortfall also affected other staff unions like the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-academic Staff Union of Universities.