- The controversy over the payment of half-salary to ASUU lecturers for October has been explained
- The federal government through the ministry of labour and employment said salaries were paid on a pro-rata basis
- However, the ministry denied claims that it sanctioned and influenced the payment of half-salaries to lecturers
FCT, Abuja - The ministry of labour and employment has finally responded to lecturers’ groanings under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) umbrella for the half-salary payment they received from the federal government for October.
As reported by the Punch newspaper, the ministry said lecturers were paid on a pro-rata basis in a statement released on Saturday, October 5.
The pro-rata payment is a salary-paying method based on whether an employee worked full time.
According to the statement, the pro-rata payment method was adopted because they cannot be paid for full time when in actual sense, they didn’t work full time.
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The statement reads:
“They were paid in pro-rata for the number of days that they worked in October, counting from the day that they suspended their industrial action. Pro-rata was done because you cannot pay them for work not done. Everybody’s hands are tied.”
ASUU: Ngige distances self from half-salary allegations
As contained in the statement, the ministry also cleared the air on the notion that the minister, Chris Ngige, sanctioned the payment of half-salary to university lecturers.
However, the leadership of ASUU and other chapters of the union across the federation are not pleased with the federal government’s action.
This development has begun to heighten the tension that the union might embark on a fresh strike after just returning from an eight-month strike.
Half salary: Imminent strike looms as ASUU meets in 48hours
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may embark on another strike in the coming days.
A source at the executive council of the union disclosed that a decision would be made in the next 48hours.
It was gathered that the union's executive council is not pleased with the half-salary payment for October made by the federal government.