The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, noted that the claim is unfair.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has denied the claims by the Academic Staff Union of Universities that lecturers have not been paid for eight months.
Nwajiuba while speaking on a TV program insisted that some lecturers got excess salaries and had to refund it to the government.
The Federal Government and the union have been having issues over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, had accused the federal government of withholding the salaries of lecturers for eight months.
However, Nwajiuba said: “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.”
“Some people even got salaries that were not adequate. Some people got over and had to refund. There were so many issues with it.”