ASUU plans protest of half pay, declares lecture-free day

ASUU plans protest of half pay, declares lecture-free day

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) plans a one-day national protest rally.

This is in response to the country’s implementation of a “no-work, no-pay” policy for lecturers.

The protest will be organized at the union’s branch levels on public university campuses across the country. It will also be a lecture-free day for all members who are lecturers.

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A member of the National Executive Council of the union confirmed this to Punch on Sunday.

“We are protesting. Branches will choose their own dates, the government needs to understand that we are not casual workers.”

Confirming the development, a letter signed by the chairperson of ASUU, University of Lagos branch, Dr Dele Ashir, noted that the branch would protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

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The letter which was addressed to “all stakeholders” noted that the special congress/ protest rally against the casualization of intellectualism in Nigeria will hold on “Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at Julius Berger auditorium.”

ASUU national president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke couldn’t be immediately reached for comments as of the time of filing this report.

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The government had paid members of ASUU “half pay” for the month of October 2022.

Defending the decision of the government, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige noted that the university lecturers were paid pro-rata.

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