The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision on the no-work-no-pay rule imposed by the Federal Government to take a final stance on the eight month strike action.
It was learned that the President’s decision on the matter is critical to the union’s decision on whether to call the strike off or continue.
It was also learned that only the President can grant a waiver for the striking lecturers’ arrears to be paid.
“The issue of no-work-no-pay has yet to be resolved.” We’re still waiting for Mr. President,” a source told The PUNCH who asked not to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the subject.
Also speaking to our correspondent, another source said, “It is only the President who can give that waiver at the moment. He has to forgive them. He is very hurt that they caused a delay for students.”
Meanwhile, branches of ASUU will begin consultations on Wednesday (today) over the possibility of calling off the strike.
GWG gathered that the union’s National Executive Council will meet on the matter on Thursday.
Confirming the development, the National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, noted that the union would meet.
He, however, did not disclose the date and the place where the meeting would take place.
“Yes, we will meet and take our decision,” Osodeke simply said.
ASUU had on Monday, February 14, 2022, embarked on a strike over what the union described as the failure of the government to meet its demands.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after what he described as “failed negotiations” dragged the striking lecturers before the National Industrial Court.
The court, on September 21, ordered ASUU to call off the strike.
The Court of Appeal also handed down a similar order last week.