Half Salary: Another Nationwide Showdown Looms as FG, ASUU Lock Horns

Half Salary: Another Nationwide Showdown Looms as FG, ASUU Lock Horns

  • The federal government on Wednesday, November 16, said that there is no going back on its No work no pay’ policy
  • Speaking on behalf of the government in Abuja on Wednesday, the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, also debunked claims that lecturers will be converted into casual workers
  • Adamu noted that, unlike viral reports, the Buhari-led administration has no plan to do any such thing

Abuja - Nigerian students may soon witness and bear the brunt of another showdown between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

This is as the government is insisting that it will not pay full salaries to lecturers in spite of their nationwide protest, Punch reports.

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The government refuted allegations that it is trying to make lecturers casual workers (Photo: @ASUUNGR)
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The government's position was made public again on Wednesday, November 16, when the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, made it clear that the protesting lecturers would not be paid for work not done going by the ‘No work no pay’ policy.

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Adamu also debunked claims by ASUU's leadership that the Buhari-led government is plotting to make lecturers casual workers using the lecturers on a pro-rata basis of payment.

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He said:

“Nobody can make university lecturers casual workers."

Half salary: ASUU makes nationwide declaration

In opposition to the federal government's no-work, no-pay policy, the Academic Staff Union of Universities threatened to embark on a one-day nationwide protest rally across Nigeria.

According to ASUU, the protest will be staged at the branch levels of the union throughout public university campuses in the country.

The rally will take place as a lecture-free day for all lecturers who are ASUU members.

This was confirmed on Sunday, November 13, by a member of the National Executive Council (NEC).

The ASUU NEC member stated:

“We are protesting. Branches will choose their own dates, the government needs to understand that we are not casual workers.”

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FG under pressure as ASUU plans to meet over ‘half salary’ payment

Following the payment of salary by the federal government to lecturers who just resumed an eight-month strike, the Academic Staff Union of Universities seems not to be pleased with this development.

It was gathered that ASUU members were only paid for 17days for the month of October based on the premise that they resumed on Friday, October 14.

The national chairman of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, on Thursday, October 3, said the union would be sitting to deliberate on the matter in earnest.

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