ASUU accuses FG of ‘intimidation’ by retaining employees

Tea Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU)has accused the Nigerian government of intimidation by withholding wages and also using a court order to force teachers to return to class.

This was revealed by Abuja University ASUU Branch President Dr. Kassim Umaru after they staged a peaceful protest over wage withholding.

ASUU warned that it would not give up the fight against FG until the withheld salaries are paid in full.

The Abuja Protest: The president of the ASUU branch pointed out that the protest was necessitated by the FG’s ‘No Work No Pay’ policy, arguing that university professors should receive their full salary.

He also revealed that the ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) would make a decision soon on whether to resume the strike if the government continues to fail to address the issues.

  • “We are here this afternoon to show our discontent to the Federal Government that not everything has ended by forcing us through a court order and intimidating us by withholding our salaries.
  • “We are not going to give up until the Federal Government does what is necessary by paying our retired salaries and also honoring the agreement signed in 2020. The government has signed several agreements with our union, not once, not twice, not three times, but refused to honor the agreement.
  • “We are telling the public, traditional rulers, religious leaders, well-meaning Nigerians, students and parents that all is not well at Nigerian universities.” he said.

The frustration of union members: He added that union members are frustrated and tired, but they will not give up. And that’s why they protest, to record their discontent. He added that Nigerians should know that ASUU members have tried their best to resolve the matter, but to no avail.

  • “The speaker has intervened and we have given him the honor, but the Federal Government must do what he has said. If the Federal Government stands firm, the union NEC will go back to the drawing board, agree to all the issues, and we will take the necessary action.” he said.

In case you missed it: Remember that Naijaonpoint latest report week that the president of the Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke accused the Minister for Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, of allegedly authorizing partial payment of wages to union members.

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