The Federal Government of Nigeria has moved to enforce a no-work-no-pay rule on striking lecturers who have downed tools over unpaid salaries.
According to reports, the FG has directed vice-chancellors of public universities and inter-varsity centres to enforce the rule on lecturers who are on strike.
The directive by the FG was included in a memo signed by the Director, Research, Information and Technology, Dr S. B Ramon-Yusuf, and it further stated that payment of salaries from any other sources would be viewed as violation of extant rules and government’s order.
The memo reads in part; “In view of the current Industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Federal Government has directed that there shall be no payment of any form of salaries and allowances to the staff on strike in federal and inter-varsity centres.
“Consequently, I am to direct vice-chancellors to apply the “No-work-no-pay” rule. However, universities and inter-varsity centres are to pay salaries and allowances to non-teaching staff.
“All Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Centers should note that the salaries to staff on strike from whatever source of funds shall be viewed as violation of extant rules and directive of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” the memo added.