ASUU won’t receive salary for strike period – FG
FEDERAL government, Thursday, stated that it will not accede to the demand by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for their members to be paid the backlog of salaries withheld over the ongoing strike, saying it is meant to be the penalty for their needless action.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who stated this at the ministerial media briefing, organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, insisting that not paying the backlog of salary will deter others who may contemplate strike in future.
He stated that government turned down ASUU’s demand to be paid for the five months that have been on strike because it believes that they will now think twice before taking such step.
According to him, the strike by the university-based unions came despite the N6 trillion expended on education on capital and recurrent expenditures by the present administration directly as well as spending by agencies such as Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TEFFUND) and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) which expended N2.6 trillion and N553 billion respectively.