Another strike looms as Nigerian government pays ASUU half salaries for October ‣ Star Potter

Another strike looms as Nigerian government pays ASUU half salaries for October ‣ Star Potter

The Nigerian government has reportedly paid teachers for 18 working days during the month of October under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

According to reports, a senior ASUU member at one of the branches that begged for anonymity made the announcement on Thursday, November 3, 2022, saying that the government was only paying half of the salaries for the month of October.

“Yes, I only got 18 working days salary, that’s what they paid me,” he said.

Recall that on Friday, October 16, 2022, the ASUU suspended its eight-month-old strike, which had shut down the country’s public universities, to demand full implementation of the agreements it entered into with the federal government a few years ago.

As the strike continued, Education Minister Mallam Adamu Adamu Adamu claimed that the government had granted most of ASUU’s demands. One of the demands addressed, according to the minister, was the release of N50 billion for the payment of earned stipends for academic and non-scientific and non-scientific staff of universities.

However, the ASUU refused to return to work after urging the government not to pay the union’s backlog for the strike period.

The federal government then took the union to the National Industrial Court and asked the court to send the teacher back to class. The National Industrial Court and then the Court of Appeal ruled that the teachers should return to the classroom while negotiations continue.

Speaking about why the union had to suspend the strike, Osodeke said the decision was not because the issues raised by the teachers were fully addressed.

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