Femi Falana (SAN), the legal counsel of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned the federal government not to provoke his client over wages dispute.
Falana stated this while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Tuesday.
According to him, the lecturers should be paid their full salaries for the months they were on strike.
Recall that ASUU members were on strike between February and October this year, crippling academic activities in public universities across Nigeria.
ASUU called off their eight-month strike on Oct. 14 after the National Industrial Court (NIC) ordered the lecturers to resume.
However, the Federal Government paid half-salaries for the month of October, a development that angered ASUU members.
NewsWireNGR reports that the speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the federal government is not obligated to pay members of ASUU for the time they spent on strike.
He noted that the payment of half salaries by the FG premised on the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions.
Gbajabiamila stated that the position taken by the executive that it is not obligated to pay salaries to lecturers for the time spent on strike is premised on the law.