There might be another crisis brewing between The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the federal government as the union has faulted the government over half salary paid its members for October 2022.
The lecturers had accused the federal government of paying them “half” of one month salary for the month of October.
The federal government has since justified its action, explaining that the lecturers were paid on pro rata basis based on the number of days they worked in the stated month.
Responding to the situation, Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU president, said its members are not casual workers and should not be treated as such.
Osodeke described the action of the government as “an aberration” and a contravention of their rules of engagement.
He maintained that paying academics on ‘pro-rata’ basis, like casual workers, is unprecedented in the history of university oriented labour relations and thereafter condemned the attempt which he described as reducing Nigerian scholars to casual workers in its entirety.
To discuss this further, I’m now being joined on the news by legal practitioner, Malachy Ugwummadu. Thank you for joining us on the news.