ASUU executive committee meets; academics consider staying at home
According to ONreports, the Academic Staff Union of Universities' National Executive Council willmeet today (Monday) in Abuja.
The union's offices are located at the University of Abuja, where the meeting will take place.
Following the payment of the government's half-salary, the lecturers would determine whether or not to restart their strike, according to union leaders who talked to The PUNCH on Sunday.
The discussion at the emergency meeting will center on the professors' payment of half-salaries.
A congress has already been held in various branches across the nation to decide what should happen next.
For instance, the branch at the University of Jos decided that the lecturers should stay at home while the government withheld payment of their salaries; the branch at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University decided that the 2021–2022 academic session should be abolished; and the branch at the Gombe State University ASUU decided that the student exam results should be confiscated.
Under the condition of anonymity, a member of the NEC stated, "Officially, the national body did not order branches to hold congress, but many of them began scheduling meetings after receiving the government's severed salary. There are many alternatives to going on strike, so we don't have any available.
The member responded, "We can decide to stay at home, we can decide to seize results, or we can decide to cancel the session since the government would not pay the delayed wage and we cannot work for months that we were not paid for."
ASUU's principal attorney, human rights attorney Femi Falana (SAN), gave an explanation of why the "no work, no pay" principle could not be applied to ASUU in a statement on Sunday.
Parts of Falana's statement read as follows: "According to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the lecturers were paid in pro rata to the number of days that they worked in October, counting from the day that they suspended their industrial action.