The strike action embarked upon by lecturers in public universities may have assumed a new dimension as the federal government has directed Vice Chancellors of striking Public varsities and inter-varsity centres to enforce no-work-no-pay rule on striking lecturers.
This directive was communicated to the universities in a memo sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to the Vice Chancellors.
The memo which was signed by the Director of Research, Information and Technology, Dr. S.B Ramon-Yusuf, said that payment of salaries from any other sources will be viewed as violation of extant rules and government directive.
But reacting to the memo on no-work-no-pay, the Chairman University of Ibadan Chapter of ASUU, Dr. Deji Omole, described the federal government action as shameless for owing lecturers seven years of unpaid earned academic allowances and still want them to continue to work for free while the Presidency and the National Assembly feed fat on the wealth of the nation.
He said it is sad that a government that prides itself as having integrity has shamefully shown it lacks integrity by failing to honour agreements reached with the union but resulted to harassment and intimidation of the union’s members on a patriotic struggle to save public education in Nigeria.
Omole said that the directive will add fuel to the struggle as academic staff have resolved to get proper education for the children of the masses.