ASUU Protest, Declare Strike Over Half Salaries
Information reaching Ibom Focus says that ASUU Protest, Declare Strike Over Half Salaries
Nigerian university lecturers under the platform of The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter on Tuesday declared a one-day nationwide protest rally against the Muhammadu Buhari-led government’s “no-work, no-pay” policy against them.
The aggrieved lecturers were seen protesting on the street on Lagos State in a video shared on Twitter.
“ASUU UNILAG chapter sing solidarity songs as they hold a one-day protest over the payment of half salaries to members in October,” the video was captioned.
It was reported on Sunday that a union’s National Executive Council member said there would be protests nationwide on the “no-work, no-pay” policy and half salaries paid to them for October by the government.
“We are protesting. Branches will choose their own dates, the government needs to understand that we are not casual workers,” the source had said.
A letter sent by the chairperson of ASUU’s University of Lagos chapter, Dr Dele Ashiru, confirmed the situation, stating that the branch would protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
The special congress/protest demonstration against the casualisation of intellectualism in Nigeria would take place on “Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at Julius Berger auditorium,” according to the letter addressed to “all stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, when SaharaReporters called the national president of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, to seek his reaction to this situation, he said he was in a meeting and urged our correspondent to interact with him via a text message.
But he has not replied to the message sent as of the time of filing this report.
SaharaReporters had reported how the Nigerian government paid lecturers under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for 18 working days in the month of October.
In a statement, by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the government had noted that members of ASUU were paid their October salary pro-rata.
According to the ministry, pro-rata was done because they cannot be paid for work not done.
The statement further claimed that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, never directed the Accountant-General of the Federation to pay the university lecturers half salaries.