Minister of Education Adamu Adamu

The Federal Government has ordered Vice Chancellors of the striking federal universities and inter-varsity centres in Nigeria to enforce the “no-work-no-pay rule” on striking lecturers.

This is coming after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had declared that the demands of the Academic Staff of Nigeria Universities (Asuu) for better funding of public schools, especially universities, were logical and within the ambit of the law.

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In a memo dated Thursday, November 29, 2018, sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to University Vice Chancellors, the federal government noted that payment of salaries to the striking workers from any other sources would be viewed as a violation of extant rules and Government directive.

The memo sighted by Concise News read, “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 centres.

“Consequently, I am to direct Vice-Chancellors to apply the “No-work-no-pay” rule.

“However, Universities and inter-varsity centres are to pay salaries and allowances to Non-teaching staff. All Vice Chancellors and Directors of centres should note that the salaries to staff on strike from whatever source of funds shall be viewed as a violation of extant rules and directive of the federal government of Nigeria.”