The Federal Government has reacted to recent protests by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over pro-rata October salary payment.
Malam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, insisted that the federal government’s position was that the Lecturers “would not be paid for work not done.”
After the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Adamu while speaking ti newsmen on the matter denied the allegation made by the President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodoke, that paying the lecturers on pro-rata basis was a ploy to make them casual workers.
He said; “Nobody can make University lecturers casual workers”.
ASUU, which embarked on strike in February, called it off in October. However, the union members got half salaries at the end of October, a move which did not go down well with the lecturers.
When told that the lecturers were threatening a one-day action to protest government’s action, Adamu said he was not aware.