The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed its determination to continue with its strike action that has paralysed academic activities in Nigeria’s public universities for over three months.
The resolve of the union to continue with the strike is informed by the recent Federal Government’s decision to implement the ‘No Work No Pay’ policy against the striking academics.
ASUU at the end of its zonal conference in Abuja last Thursday, said the latest effort of the FG to test the will of its members would fail as they have devised other welfare strategies to cope with the effects of the policy.
“The Federal Government has through the National Universities Commission, directed universities to stop the payment of our salaries effective September this year and since then our salaries have not been paid,” the union stated.
“Part of (our) welfare strategy, involve distributing food items, giving out soft loans and cash advances to members,” Dr. Clement Chup, ASUU Zonal Chairman in Abuja, said.
Speaking also on the policy, Prof. Festus Iyayi, a former president of the ASUU, said that the union remained resolute in the face of the government’s latest strategy.
“I can confirm that the Federal Government has stopped payment of the salaries of academic staff,” he said.
“This ‘get them to capitulate by starving them’ policy has been employed by government in the past. It did not work. Our members are ready to make whatever sacrifices are needed to make government honour agreements,” Iyayi stated.