- ASUU members say they are ready for a major showdown with the federal government over issues concerning payments
- The federal government has withheld salaries of the lecturers for about eight months sparking outrage
- Members of the union say the current situation is unacceptable and they will go the extra length to seek justice
Illorin - The Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (ASUU) has alerted Nigerians about a fresh crisis it claimed would surpass all previous ones in Nigerian universities.
To this end, ASUU sought intervention of stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the federal government to pay members across the country their withheld eight months salaries.
The chairman of ASUU, University of Ilorin branch, Prof Moyosore Ajao, raised the alarm at a special congress of the local branch held at the university’s main auditorium.
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Daily Trust newspaper quoted him as saying:
“Though we have resumed work in our university, government’s ignoble stance of withholding our eight months’ salaries based on its ill-advised policy of ‘No work, No Pay’ is set to trigger fresh crisis.
“In the coming days, the union would respond by considering to invoke the ‘No Pay, No work’ policy and would abandon the works that have accumulated for those period which government has falsely claimed, through Chris Ngige, that our members have not worked.
“A fresh crisis, which would surpass all previous ones, is looming in Nigerian universities, saying the union members would not continue to do free work.
“Our union and its members should not be held responsible for the consequences that its actions, in response to the crude wickedness of the Nigerian state, would have on all stakeholders.
“As a law-abiding union, we have heeded the directive of the court which directed that we resume to our duty posts while the substantive matter is being heard.
“However, after resumption from strike and to our utmost dismay, government decided, that half salaries be paid to our members for the month of October, 2022. This development is unacceptable and would be resisted by our union.
“The fact is that academics are not casual workers. Only casual workers receive pay prorate.”
ASUU to invoke ‘no pay, no work policy’
Similarly, The Nation newspaper reports that ASUU are set to invoke ‘no pay, no work’ in retaliation to the federal government policy of ‘no work, no pay’ against them.
They warned the government to stop the casualisation of ASUU members through payment of half salaries.
Secretary, University of Ilorin ASUU Dr Olatunji Abdulganiyu said thisduring the lecturers peaceful rally.
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that ASUU members in the University of Ibadan protested what they described as a failure of the federal government to meet the agreement with the union.
Members of the union were seen parading the streets of Ibadan with banners, placards, and megaphones protesting for government to fulfill their promise regarding the last meeting between both parties that led to the resumption of lecturers.
The chairman of the union at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayoola Akinwole, said the peaceful protest was against the victimisation of its members by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Strategic interventions in Nigeria's educational sector timely - CESJET
Meanwhile, the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) says the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, has been very consistent in its strategic interventions in Nigeria's educational sector in the last 10 years.
This was contained in a report to appraise the agency's mandate under executive secretary, Arch. Sonny Echono.
In the report signed by Ndubisi Nwogu, programmes director, CESJET said Echono has infused accountability and transparency in TETFUND while ensuring project execution, capacity building, staff training and improved welfare among others.