By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Delta Government on Tuesday, dismissed the allegation that it was proliferating the state with universities but failed to pay salaries of staff of its pioneer university in Abraka.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare, dispelled the allegation while speaking to newsmen at the end of the state’s Executive Council meeting at Government House, Asaba.
Muoboghare was reacting to claims by the Chairman of University of Lagos branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Channels Television on Tuesday, and said that the comments credited to the ASUU Chairman was untrue, a blatant lie and a crass mischief.
According to him, Delta does not owe its workers salaries and no state or federal university earns what our lecturers earn in our universities.
“Some of the reasons why ASUU goes on strike do not exist in DELSU and no federal university pays as much as DELSU.
“Upon retirement, our lecturers are placed on pension immediately and this can be verified.
“People are free to have opinion but facts must be sacred,” he said.
Muoboghare added that the Nigerian Universities Commission had given approval for the commencement of academic programmes in some faculties in the three new universities in the state for the 2021/2022 academic session.
Also briefing the journalists, Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the executive council meeting presided by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, approved the release of N600 million counterpart-fund for SDGs to finance the 2020 scheme in the state.