ASUU Strike: Nasir El-Rufai Threatens to Sack Lecturers

Osaretin Balogban

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, threatens to sack all lecturers of the Kaduna State University (KASU) still involved in the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) stopped academic activities in February over the inability of the government to fulfill its demands.

All attempts by the government to meet an agreement with the Union have failed so far, however, Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai threatens to relieve the Kaduna State University lecturers of their duties if they do not resume academic activities.

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He disclosed this via a radio programme in Kaduna on Wednesday, saying he had instructed lecturers to resume lectures for their positions not to be declared vacant, adding that they don’t have any reason to join ASUU on the strike.

He also said the Union doesn’t have issues with the State Government but with the Federal 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.”

Source: Daily Post

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