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FG, ASUU set for fresh showdown, minister tackles lecturers

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has insisted that the government will not pay lecturers’ full salaries despite their ongoing nationwide protest. This suggests that the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities are gearing up for another confrontation.

After the Federal Government failed to pay them for the eight-month period the lecturers were on strike, ASUU had started rallies on Monday in several cities throughout the nation to emphasize their demand for full pay.

Adamu insisted that the lecturers who were protesting would not be paid for work that was not completed in accordance with the “No work, no pay” policy while speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to Ayekooto, ASUU, which began its strike in February, ended it in October following a Court decision.

The administration responded by paying the professors’ half salary for the month of October but adamantly refusing to pay them for the eight months they were on strike.

ASUU started protesting as a result all throughout the nation. The instructors “will not be paid for work not done,” the education minister vowed on Wednesday.

The minister also addressed the claim made by Professor Emmanuel Osodoke, President of ASUU, that paying academics on a pro-rata basis was a ruse to turn them into casual employees.

Nobody can hire university professors as hourly labor, he declared. Adamu claimed he was unaware that the academics were contemplating a one-day strike in response to the government’s decision.

 

 

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