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ASUU Awaits Court Ruling After Half Payment of Salary By FG

Posted by Thandiubani on Wed 09th Nov, 2022 -

Some members of the union also confirmed to our correspondent that it would not go on strike for now.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities will not be going on another strike action after its members were paid half salary by the federal government.
Reacting after its national executive committee meeting, ASUU said it will engage in peaceful consultation.
In a statement made available on Tuesday after the National Executive Council meeting and signed by ASUU’s President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the union said it would continue to pursue a positive resolution of the avoidable crisis within the ambit of legality without compromising the interests and welfare of Nigerian intellectuals.
Some members of the union also confirmed to our correspondent that it would not go on strike for now.
In the statement, Osodeke also appealed for the understanding of Nigerian students, parents, and other genuinely concerned individuals and groups.
The statement partly read, “At an emergency meeting of the ASUU’s National Executive Committee, held on Monday, November 7, 2022, the union deliberated on developments since the suspension of the strike. NEC noted with dismay that paying academics on a “pro-rata” basis, like casual workers, is unprecedented in the history of university-oriented labour relations and therefore condemned this attempt to reduce Nigerian scholars to casual workers in its entirety.”
He added that the NEC commended the membership of ASUU for their perseverance in the face of untold hardship and unwarranted provocation by some notorious agents of the ruling class.
However, investigations by our correspondents showed that ASUU chose to keep mum on the possibility of another because the matter was still in the court.
A source within the NEC of ASUU explained to our correspondent that the union consulted with its legal counsel who encouraged the body to wait for the decision of the court.
“You know the case is still in court, we have not been called back yet. The previous strike was suspended based on court order, if we decide to go on strike, the minister may use that opportunity to say they want to proscribe ASUU. There are lots of court cases on ground already. We need the court to settle it once and for all. Our hands are tied. Only the court can rule. The minister knows this and that is why he is acting this way.”

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