News Updated: November 14, 2022

ASUU: Students, Parents Warn FG Over Half Salaries Leading To Another Strike

By Sydney Elike
November 14, 2022

Concerned parents under the umbrella of the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have warned the federal government to handle the issue of the half salaries paid to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) with care.

The parents and students urged the government not to allow the issue to degenerate into another strike action on the part of ASUU.

The advice comes amid plans by ASUU lecturers to embark on rallies and declare a lecture-free day in protest against the payment of half salaries to them last month after resuming from the eight-month strike.

NAPTAN National President, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma stated that the lecturers should be paid in full since they continued from where they stopped before the strike.

“The government should do the right thing. They should pay the lecturers.


"We all know that some time has been wasted, but since there is an effort to bridge the gap one way or the other, nothing should be done to truncate the process again.

"Lecturers and students would only need to forfeit some holidays and as parents, we don’t want anything to rock the boat again.

"Parents are looking forward to their children finishing their studies and for them to reap the fruits of their labour.

"The issue of a personality clash or ego should not be allowed to push education into another crisis situation", he said.

Also speaking in a statement via its Southwest Zone Coordinator, Adegboye Olatunji, Deputy Coordinator, Alao John and Public Relations Officer, Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, NANS, added that the federal government's response so far shows that it doesn't give priority to education.


“Just as Nigerian students are finally able to smile after the suspension of an eight-month-long ASUU strike, the Federal Government deemed it wise to pay half salary to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

"This ill-advised action if allowed to stand will not only set bad precedence but ruin the already tattered morale of our lecturers and further weaken the already debilitated trust between the said union and the government.

“Ironically those directly appointed and being paid from our commonwealth to oversee Education and Labour matters namely; Mallam Adamu Adamu (Minister of Education); Dr Chris Ngige (Minister of Labour and Employment); and Festus Keyamo (Minister of State for Labour and Employment) made meagre contributions to the development.

"As a matter of fact, we have it on good record that Dr Ngige particularly was willing to crash the entire sector just to bring ASUU on its knees and massage his own fragile ego.

“From all indications, if drastic measures aren’t taken, the Federal Government and its overpaid employee; Dr Ngige seem ready to bury the entire educational sector.


"And if ASUU chooses to boycott work again as a result of this ungentlemanly decision, the government might as well forget about tertiary education completely.

“As the leadership of Nigerian students in the entire Southwest, we demand that our intellectuals and the moulders of our collective future be accorded their deserved respect and their dignity not be tampered with.

"In addition, the procedure to pay the remaining balance of their remunerations should be put in motion immediately", the statement reads.

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