Pressing Question & Key Lesson As President Buhari’s “No-Work-No-Pay” Policy Prolongs ASUU Strike
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has revealed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of Nigeria is set to remain resolute over its refusal to yield to the demands of the members of the nation’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), who are agitating for the payment of the backlog of their salaries withheld during the ongoing strike.
Speaking during the 47th session of the State House Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, Nigeria, on August 18, 2022, Adamu reportedly revealed that the infamous “no-work-no-pay” policy is the only obstacle left to be surmounted in the long-ranging FG-ASUU impasse.
Recall that the latest negotiation meeting held by both parties again ended in deadlock on August 16, 2022.
According to the Minister: “All contentious issues between the government and ASUU had been settled except the quest for members’ salaries for the period of the strike to be paid, a demand that Buhari has flatly rejected.
ASUU went on strike despite the Buhari regime and agencies such as TETFUND and UBEC directly investing trillions of naira in education.
As of today, at least five of the six striking university-based unions will likely return to work within the next one week, but ASUU’s remains uncertain.”
Adamu also disclosed that President Buhari rejected ASUU’s demand to be paid the backlog of emoluments for the past five months because “he believes that there should be penalties for their actions.”
However, he also noted that ASUU members are currently holding consultations to determine when to call off the strike.
A very bugging question from these latest disclosures, and an essential lesson for every Nigerian now, especially as the next general elections approach, is that:
(1) Why is the President more open to mindlessly lavishing Nigeria’s funds on the Niger Republic but adamant that he won’t pay striking lecturers and academic union members their salaries?
Is this not the highest misplacement of priorities on the part of the man who is supposedly the leader of the world’s most populous Black nation? If his administration had not been grossly inept in the first place, these academic union members wouldn’t have gone on strike for so long.
Yet, he insists on “punishing them” like he is a slave driver or a despotic tyrant, and we all his subjects!
We hope that every Nigerian in their right sense has been following this saga between this administration and ASUU since their strike action began almost 200 days ago. We also hope that these latest developments and statements issued by the government teach everyone a clear enough lesson never to vote for clueless and inept people again, all in the name of “party loyalty” or even their stupid greed!
The progress and lives of our children and generations to come depend on these decisions we make, and we pray that we all decide to do better for ourselves come 2023.
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