The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said some lecturers got excess salaries and had to refund it back to the government.
He disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today amid the controversy trailing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), a policy that has been faulted by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“I think it is a lie to say the government has not paid them in eight months. It will be unfair to the government and wouldn’t be necessary to bring that kind of argument because some people may have different levels,” he said.
“Some people even got salaries that were not adequate. Some people over got and had to refund. There were so many issues with it.”
When asked when the university lecturers would call off their strike and return back to their classrooms, the minister never gave a specific date.
He rather said there is no circumstance preventing the lecturers from returning back to their duty posts.
“The lecturers can be back in the classroom tomorrow if they say they want to go back. There is nothing withholding the lecturers from into the classroom tomorrow.
“Everything that the government needs to do is done. If you want your salaries, get on the platform and collect your salaries,” he added.