President Tinubu Orders Part Payment of University Lecturers’ Withheld Salaries

President Tinubu Orders Part Payment of University Lecturers’ Withheld Salaries

…Waives No Work No Pay Clause …Grants Four Months’ salaries from the Outstanding. President Bola Tinubu has ordered the release of salaries of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) withheld by the Buhari’s administration for engaging in industrial action last year. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the special adviser

…Waives No Work No Pay Clause

…Grants Four Months’ salaries from the Outstanding.

President Bola Tinubu has ordered the release of salaries of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) withheld by the Buhari’s administration for engaging in industrial action last year.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the special adviser to the president, Chief Ajuri Ngelale on Friday, noting that the President’s decision came out of a desire to reduce the effect of the current hardship in the country.

Former president Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had imposed no work and no pay restrictions on members of the academic staff of universities across the nation during their 8-month strike, which started in February and ended in October 2022.

ASUU members went on strike to protest the state of education in the country and to demand that the federal government implements the agreement it reached with the union to fund universities and raise lecturers’ salaries. The academic staff began the strike with a four-week warning strike before it was dragged and extended to eight months.

After several unsuccessful negotiations, the government invoked the clause, preventing the university lecturers from receiving pay during their industrial actions. This decision lasted until the end of the administration.

However, the lecturers were relieved when President Tinubu announced a partial waiver of the clause that had been invoked, granting the academic staff four months’ salary from the outstanding.

Mr Ngelale claims that the relevant sectors have received the directive to begin implementing the policy right away.

The statement fully reads, “Invoking the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy, President Bola Tinubu has approved the partial waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order that was instituted against striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) following the commencement of their eight-month industrial action, which began on February 14, 2022, and was terminated on October 17, 2022.

“In view of his determination 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 which were agreed upon during the fruitful deliberations between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the grant of an exceptional last waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order on ASUU, which will allow for the previously striking members of ASUU to receive four (4) months of salary accruals out of the eight months of salary which was withheld during the eight-month industrial action undertaken by the union.

“The President has directed the grant of the waiver with a mandatory requirement that the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment must secure a Document of Understanding (DoU) establishing that this exceptional waiver granted by the President will be the last one to be granted to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and all other Education Sector Unions”.

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