The Vice Chancellors of public universities have been ordered by the Federal Government of Nigeria not to pay lecturers who are on strike.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the information was contained in a memo by the National Universities Commission (NUC) signed by the Director, Research, Information and Technology, Dr. S. B Ramon-Yusuf.
Ramon-Yusuf stated that payment of salaries from any other source would be viewed as violation of extant rules and government’s directive.
“In view of the current industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the FG 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 centres.
“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 of staff on strike from whatever source of funds shall be viewed as violation of extent rules and directive of the FGN,” the memo reads.
In reaction to the memo, Dr. Deji Omole, chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, stated that government should honor agreements reached with the union instead of resulting to harassment and intimidation of the union members.
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