University of Maiduguri Academic staffs received cash gifts and rice from the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
According to Dr Dani Mamman the UNIMAID ASUU Chairman, the move became necessary because the staffs have not received their salary for five months.
He told journalist the funds from the ASUU cooperative society were used to cushion the effect of the non-payment of salaries on lecturers.
“We are lucky because we have the cooperative. So, what we do is that every member will be able to collect foodstuffs depending on your salary.
“Some could take two, three bags of rice or more. We also give monetary palliatives in terms of soft loans. Each of the lecturers collected not less than N110,000 so far.
“The Federal Government still owes us four months arrears and that is excluding July salary. We were only paid June; UNIMAID and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike are suffering this.
“No more pressure from the national ASUU because they categorically said they have no direct business with anything that has to do with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. We are owed February, March, April, May.”