Femi Falana, the attorney for the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to pay the lecturers in the union their entire salary.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria made the call in a statement released on Sunday, November 6, 2022; urging him to defy Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, and pay ASUU members their full salary from February to October 2022.
ASUU members allegedly received half-salaries from the Federal Government for the month of October 2022.
According to reports, several lecturers were paid between N71,000 and N121,000 in October.
Falana said, “Since the industrial action was called off; the public universities have adjusted their calendars to ensure that the 2021/2022 academic session is not cancelled. Consequently, students are currently taking lectures or writing examinations that were disrupted during the strike of the ASUU.
“Therefore, having regard to the facts and circumstances of the ASUU strike; the doctrine of ‘no work, no pay’ is totally inapplicable. Students who were not taught during the strike are currently attending lectures and writing examinations.
“Furthermore, it is public knowledge that the members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors embarked on a strike that lasted two months last year.
“The Federal Government dragged the striking doctors to the National Industrial Court which ordered the NARD to call off the strike. As soon as the strike was called off, President Muhammadu Buhari jettisoned the ‘no work, no pay’ principle; ordered the payment of the salaries for the two months that the strike lasted.
“On that occasion, the President overruled Dr. Ngige in the interest of industrial harmony in the health sector. In the same vein, the ASUU recently called off its 8-month-old strike; in compliance with the order of the National Industrial Court and the Court of Appeal.
“We are, therefore, compelled to call on President Buhari should ignore the advice of Dr. Ngige and direct the public universities to pay the full salary of each lecturer from February to October 2022,” Falana said.