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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has vowed to sack all the Kaduna State University, KASU, lecturers if they fail to return to class due to the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike.
Recall that ASUU has been on strike since February 14, 2022, due to a dispute with the federal government.
The Nigerian Lacour Congress, NLC, on Tuesday commenced a nationwide protest to persuade the government to find a solution to the lingering strike.
However, El-Rufai during a radio programme in Kaduna on Wednesday, said the KASU lecturers had no reason to be on strike as ASUU’s dispute is with the federal government, not the state government.
He said, “The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume, but I have asked them to find out if they actually resumed work, because I initially instructed that their salary be stopped. But I was later told they didn’t join the strike, so I asked that it should be investigated and those that collected salary and joined the strike will be asked to refund the salary.
“This is because Nigeria’s law says ‘no work, no pay’. This is the law. So whoever joined the strike will not be paid a salary. We have been telling the KASU lecturers that they have no problem with the State government. ASUU’s problem is with the Federal government. Therefore, why will our staff who have no problems with us join the strike?
“If this continues, I will wake up one day to sack them all, I swear to God. We will sack them all and declare their positions vacant on the pages of newspapers. They once did the same thing and we gave them warning, now they repeated it. I’m only waiting to receive the report from the commissioner for education. I swear to God, we will sack all those that joined the strike if they refuse to resume work.”