A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana urged the Federal Government on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 to quit inflaming the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ members over a pay dispute.
Speaking on Politics Today on Channels Television, Mr. Falana said the teachers should receive their full pay for the months they were on strike.
Between February and October, ASUU members went on strike. The strike severely hampered academic operations at public institutions all around the nation.
On October 14, after the National Industrial Court ordered the professors to resume, the academics ended their eight-month strike.
Academics were upset when the Federal Government paid half-salaries for the month of October in early November.
“The doctrine of ‘no work, no pay’ is totally inapplicable to” ASUU members,” Mr Falana, a counsel to ASUU, said on Tuesday.
He argued that the lecturers still have to cover the work missed between February and October.
“We are asking all Nigerians who mounted pressure on ASUU to call off the strike. All of us have a duty to prevail on the government to stop provoking the lecturers,” Mr Falana said.
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Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decried the increase in the number of court cases arising from the conduct of primaries of political parties.
The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu made this known on Monday, November 7, 2022.
He spoke during a capacity-building workshop for justices and judges on election matters in Abuja. Further, the INEC boss said, so far, the commission has been joined in about 600 cases; particularly relating to the conduct of recent primaries and nomination of candidates by political parties for the 2023 general election.
“Only two weeks ago, one political party served about 70 court processes on the Commission in one day; seeking to compel us to accept the nomination or substitution of its candidates; long after the deadline provided in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election had elapsed.
”Some of the cases will go up to the Supreme Court.
“The implication is that we are still dealing with issues of the nomination of candidates; thereby eating into vital time for preparation of and procurement of sensitive materials for the materials. It also means that the Courts will be dealing with the same issues long after the General Election,” the INEC Chairman lamented.