The minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has insisted that it will not succumb to the demand by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), for their members to be paid the six months salaries withheld over the ongoing strike.
Adamu noted this when he featured at the ministerial briefing coordinated by the Presidential Communication Team on Thursday, at the presidential villa, Abuja.
According to Adamu, “government was bent on implementing and sustaining the “no work, no pay policy” to serve as a deterrent to the striking unions, who most times don’t blink an eye before embarking on industrial actions.
He said that “the three university based unions that are on strike have accepted to call off the strike in the next one week except ASUU that has remained adamant insisting that its members should be paid the five months that their salary was stopped.
“He, however, noted that ASUU had begun consultations with their members to determine whether to call off their strike as well.”
Recall that the meeting called between the Education Minister and ASUU on Tuesday, ended in deadlock owing to differences in some of the demands raised.
“While ASUU had insisted that one of the conditions for suspending the over six months strike is for government to pay their emoluments for the six months period they have been out of classes, the Nimi Briggs-led committee on behalf of the federal government refused to concede to such demand.”