Hey there, middle schoolers! Today, we’re going to talk about a situation that’s been going on in Nigeria. It’s about university workers who are part of a group called the Academic Staff Union of Universities, or ASUU. They’ve been fighting to get their salaries that were held back because of a strike they went on last year. Let’s find out more!
Last week, ASUU lost a lawsuit against the federal government. They were hoping to get their salaries released, but the National Industrial Court said no. This court dismissed the case that ASUU filed against the Minister of Labour and Employment and the Accountant General of the Federation. So, things are not looking good for ASUU right now.
Now, let’s talk about why ASUU went on strike in the first place. They were on strike for a whole eight months in 2022. That’s a really long time! They were protesting because they wanted better conditions for public universities and higher salaries for their lecturers. They had some other issues too, but those were the main ones.
When the federal government saw that the strike wasn’t ending anytime soon, they decided to take ASUU to court. They went to the National Industrial Court and asked them to stop the strike. And you know what? The court agreed with the government! They said that ASUU couldn’t continue the strike until they figured out the whole case.
Finally, in November of last year, ASUU members went back to work. But guess what? They were only paid half of their salaries for just 18 days of work in October. That’s not fair, right? The government said they were following a policy called ‘No Work, No Pay.’ Basically, they only paid the lecturers for the days they actually worked, starting from when they stopped the strike.
So, that’s the situation right now. ASUU is still fighting to get their full salaries, but it’s not looking good for them. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next. Stay tuned!