The management of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has stated it isn’t conscious that President Bola Tinubu had directed that its members be paid 4 out of eight months of withheld wage arrears.
The National Vice President of ASUU, Prof. Christopher Piwuna, acknowledged this in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the presentation of scholarships to school undergraduate college students in Bauchi Zone, which was held on the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Yelwa Campus, Bauchi, on Saturday.
The PUNCH reported on October 20, 2023, that Tinubu had accredited the partial waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” order instituted in opposition to putting members of the ASUU following their eight-month strike, which started on February 14, 2022, and was terminated on October 17, 2022.
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The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, revealed in an announcement that the waiver “will allow for the previously striking members of ASUU to receive four months of salary accruals out of the eight months of salary that were withheld during the eight-month industrial action undertaken by the union.”
The assertion was titled ‘President Tinubu approves partial waiver of the no work, no pay order on ASUU members; orders release of four months of withheld salary.’
However, Tinubu directed the grant of the waiver with the obligatory requirement that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and Employment should safe a Document of Understanding establishing that the waiver granted by the President would be the final one to be granted to ASUU and all different schooling sector unions.
Ngelale stated the President sought to “mitigate the difficulties being felt during the implementation of key economic reforms in the country, as well as his recognition of the faithful implementation of terms that were agreed upon during the deliberations between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
But Piwuna, when requested to touch upon the stated approval of the four-month wage arrears, stated that ASUU isn’t conscious of such.
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“We are not aware that the government has awarded money to anybody. We are not aware. As a union, we are not aware of that,” he declared.