The Federal Government has explained that lecturers under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) got half salary for the month of October because they didn’t work for throughout the month.
Members of the Union berated the Federal Government for paying half salary for October and have convened an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting for Monday over the issue.
It said pro-rata was done because the lecturers cannot be paid for work not done.
“Following the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, asking ASUU to go back to work, the leadership of the union wrote to the Minister, informing him that they have suspended the strike. The Federal Ministry of Education wrote to him in a similar vein and our labour inspectors in various states also confirmed that they have resumed work.
“So, the Minister wrote to the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, directing that their salaries should be restored. They were paid in pro-rata for the number of days that they worked in October, counting from the day that they suspended their industrial action. Pro-rata was done because you cannot pay them for work not done. Everybody’s hands are tied.”
Recall that ASUU embarked on strike on February 14, 2022 and suspended it on October 14.