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Half Payment of October Salary to ASUU Members, Recipe for Another Round of Crisis - Save Public Education Campaign

Half Payment of October Salary to ASUU Members, Recipe for Another Round of Crisis - Save Public Education Campaign

By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja      

A group known as The Save-Public-Education-Campaign, says it received with sheer disappointment, the news of payment of half-salary to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) by the federal government for the month of October, 2022.

The organisation which has been in the forefront in the effort to strengthen public education in the country especially at the tertiary level, said in a statement that it is totally taken aback by the action as it is in negation of the spirit of the several discussions, pleas, negotiations and dialogues that eventually saw to the suspension of the 8-months old industrial action embarked upon by the academic body, to press home legitimate demands bordering on both the welfare of its members as well as the overall good and development of the nation’s Universities.

The statement jointly signed by the Convener of the group, Vivian Bello and Co-convener, Comrade Dimeji Macaulay categorically noted that the issues for which ASUU embarked on strike in the first place, were not effectively addressed.

It therefore said the strike action was only suspended to give room for further dialogue and amicable resolution, adding that the resort to bizarre and anti-labour practice of paying half-salary is very unfortunate and is bound to be counter-productive as the Save-Public-Education-Campaign and indeed many other teeming Nigerians are apprehensive that such action can veritably snap the precarious truce negotiated in place at the moment.

The statement read in parts; "Save Public Education Campaign is therefore calling on the minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige to refrain from these anti-labour acts, abuse of power and rather incline himself with acts that will enthrone enduring peace, stability and development in our nation’s educational institutions in the overriding interest of our children whose future is being threatened by acts as these.

"In same vein, the Save-Public-Education-Campaign, strongly urges the mother Labour Bodies in the Country, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, to do more to end these acts of violence and mistreatments being meted out to Lecturers and Workers in the nation’s Higher Institutions. NLC and TUC should draw on every available capacity within its ambit, to protect the nation’s University workers from these acts of intimidation and indignity by government as Nigerian Lecturers and indeed public education are clearly becoming endangered particularly under this administration."