Friday, 30 November 2018

ASUU STRIKE: Federal Govt Orders University Vice-chancellors to Enforce ‘no work, no pay’


The Vice Chancellors of striking public varsities and inter-varsity centers across Nigeria has been ordered by the Federal government to implement “no-work-no-pay” rule on the striking lecturers.

The memo to implement the “no work, no pay” policy was sent to the university vice-chancellors by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC).

The memo which was signed by NUC Director of Research, Information, and Technology S.B Ramon-Yusuf, stated that payment of salaries from any other sources but government funding will be viewed as a violation of extant rules and government directive.

Here is the memo in quote, " In view of the current Industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government has directed that there shall be no payment of any form of salaries and allowances to the staff on strike in federal and inter-varsity centers.

“Consequently, I am to direct Vice-Chancellors to apply the “No-work-no-pay” rule. However, Universities and inter-varsity centers are to pay salaries and allowances to Non-teaching staff.

“All Vice Chancellors and Directors of centers should note that the salaries to staff on strike from whatever source of funds shall be viewed as a violation of extant rules and directive of the federal government of Nigeria.”

The ASUU chairman of the University of Ibadan, Deji Omole, reacting to the memo describes the Federal Government as shameless for not paying lecturers for seven years, earned academic allowances. He said even with the debt, the government still wants lecturers to continue to work while the presidency and the National Assembly ‘feed fat’ on the nation wealth.

In his own words; "it is sad that a government that prides itself as having integrity has shown it lacks integrity by failing to honor agreements reached with the union. He said the government has resulted in harassment and intimidation of ASUU members on a patriotic struggle to save public education in Nigeria.

   He said the “no work, no pay” directive will not deter the lecturers.

“We have passed this road before. It is a familiar terrain which we can navigate with our eyes closed.

“We shall triumph any attempt to destroy the common patrimony. The power of the people is stronger than the people in power, ” the lecturer said.

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