Friday, November 30, 2018 11:07 pm
The federal Government has directed Vice Chancellors of the striking Public varsities and inter-varsity centers in Nigeria to enforce no-work-no-pay rule on striking lecturers.
This directive is coming bare two weeks when the nation’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibajo publicly declared at the Founder’s Day of the University of Ibadan, UI, that the demands of the academic staff of the Nigeria’s universities for better funding of public schools, especially universities is logical and within the ambit of the law.
This directive was communicated to universities in a memo dated Thursday November 29 2018 sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, sent to University Vice Chancellors. The MEMO with reference number NUC/ES/138/Vol. 60/48 is signed by the Director, Research, Innovation and Information Technology, Dr S. B. Ramon-Yusuf.
In the MEMO, the federal government noted that payment of salaries to the striking workers from any other sources would be viewed as violation of extant rules and Government directive.
The MEMO reads, “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 violation of extant rules and directive of the federal government of Nigeria”.
Reacting to the Memo on no-work-no-pay, Chairman University of Ibadan Chapter of ASUU, Dr Deji Omole described the federal government as shameless for owing lecturers seven years of unpaid earned academic allowances and still want them to continue to work for free while the Presidency and the National Assembly feed fat on the wealth of the nation.
He said it is sad that a government that prides itself as having integrity has shameful shown it lacks integrity by failing to honour agreements reached with the union but resulted to harassment and intimidation of our members on a patriotic struggle to save public education in Nigeria.
Omole said that the directive would add fuel to the struggle as academic staff have resolved to get proper education for the children of the masses.
According to Omole, the Military government tried unsuccessfully to intimidate the collective will of Nigerian masses adding that members of the union have resolved to fight for the future of the country.
He said, “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”.