The Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (ASUU) has warned Nigerians about a new crisis in Nigerian universities that it promises will be worse than all previous ones.
To that end, ASUU sought the intervention of stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians in order to persuade the federal government to pay withheld eight-month salaries to members across the country.
Prof Moyosore Ajao, chairman of ASUU’s University of Ilorin branch, raised the alarm during a special congress of the local branch held at the university’s main auditorium.
The university’s lecturers held a solidarity rally on campus before retiring to the auditorium to address the news media on the topic “Casualisation of Intellectual Workers in Nigeria: Prelude to Our Response.”
He said, “Though we have resumed work in our university, government’s ignoble stance of withholding our eight months’ salaries based on its ill-advised policy of ‘No work, No Pay’ is set to trigger fresh crisis.
“In the coming days, the union would respond by considering to invoke the ‘No Pay, No work’ policy and would abandon the works that have accumulated for those period which government has falsely claimed, through Chris Ngige, that our members have not worked.”
He said members of the public are “put on notice again that a fresh crisis, which would surpass all previous ones, is looming in Nigerian universities, saying the union members would not continue to do free work.
He added, “Our union and its members should not be held responsible for the consequences that its actions, in response to the crude wickedness of the Nigerian state, would have on all stakeholders.
“As a law-abiding union, we have heeded the directive of the court which directed that we resume to our duty posts while the substantive matter is being heard. However, after resumption from strike and to our utmost dismay, government decided, that half salaries be paid to our members for the month of October, 2022. This development is unacceptable and would be resisted by our union.
“The fact is that academics are not casual workers. Only casual workers receive pay pro-rate.”