by ‘Jola Sotubo
The Federal Government may have decided to utilize a fire-for-fire approach in its dealings with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as it has now reportedly adopted the “no work, no pay” policy.
Due to the unflinching stance of the academic body on its demands and its continuation of the almost 4 month old strike, the government has reportedly resolved that the striking lecturers are not entitled to salaries.
This development was revealed by a credible source who disclosed that instructions had been given to the governing councils of the various universities to stop paying the salaries of the striking lecturers.
Nigerian Eye reports:
The ASUU Zonal Chairman in Abuja, Mr Clement Chup confirmed this yesterday after a zonal conference of ASUU, University of Abuja chapter, which took place at the Gwagwalada campus to review the nationwide strike.
He said his colleagues were yet to receive their September salaries.
According to him, “we have resorted to other welfare strategies to cope with the effect of the strike, particularly to contain the various attempts by government to break the resolve of the union. The Federal Government has through the National Universities Commission, directed universities to stop the payment of our salaries effective September this year and since then our salaries have not been paid.
“Part of the welfare strategy, involved distributing food items, giving out soft loans and cash advances to members.”
He urged members of the public to ignore the rumour that the strike has been called off.
He said: “Nigerians should disregard rumours making the rounds that the three months old strike has been called off”, adding that “the strike continues until the government demonstrates a positive inclination towards implementing the 2009 agreements and the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties.”