Half Salary: ASUU To Declare Lecture-Free-Day

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has noted that it will declare lecture-free day across tertiary institutions to express its reservations about half salary payment by their employers.

This was disclosed by the chairman of ASUU in the University of Ilorin, Moyosore Ajao, on Sunday.

ASUU had embarked on strike on February 14, which was later suspended following a court order in October.

Prior to the suspension of the strike, amid the back-and-forth deliberations over the demands of the lecturers, the federal government had threatened to invoke the ‘no work, no pay’ policy — a decision the government later said would be reconsidered.

But after the suspension of the strike, the lecturers had said they got part-payment of one month salary.

Commenting on the development, Olajide Oshundun, head of press and public relations, federal ministry of labour and employment, had said ASUU members were paid their October salary pro-rata and not half salary as reported.

“They were paid pro-rata according to the number of days they worked in October,” Oshundun had said.

ASUU had criticised the federal government’s decision on the salaries, while Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila had said interventions are being made to resolve the issue.

Speaking on the planned lecture-free day, Ajao said it won’t be on the same day for all institutions.

“It won’t be at the same time. Every branch will do their own on a different day. It’s just within the campus. It’s just making a statement,” he said.

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