The Federal government revealed on Friday why it implemented the ‘no work-no pay’ policy against the striking university lecturers.
Speaking in defence of the Federal government directive, the NUC, spokesman said the commission was only applying extant laws.
Also speaking on the matter, the Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations of the NUC, Ibrahim Yakasai, said the directive was not a policy but a law that affects all sectors of the economy, adding that it had been in the constitution for a long time.
“It’s a law in this country that if you don’t work you will not get paid. But the government was magnanimous enough to pay their salaries for a month or two when they started the strike. After everything that has been done, (the lecturers) don’t want to go back to work; so, the law must be applied.
“Let’s watch and see how far they can go with this strike. In any case, why would anyone want to pay someone that is not working? Should they even have accepted the salaries in the first instance? In fact, what are salaries for? It’s for work to be done,” he said.
When contacted, the acting Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, refused commenting on how such policy would help in resolving the lingering strike but rather referred journalist to NUC.