…No Going Back On No Work No Pay – Adamu
As the industrial action embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since February 14 clocked over 200 days, the Federal Government, yesterday, revealed that some actions, which would lead to the public universities getting reopened have not been agreed upon by the two parties.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this when he featured on Channels TV last night, said one of the bones of contention was the issue of the proposed payment platform, which is yet to be approved.
He, however, noted that the decision to approve is left with President Muhammadu Buhari once the technical committee on the payment platform concludes their report.
“The President is waiting for the report of the technical committee on the three payment platforms. I have seen one of the reports but I have not seen the final one. From what I have seen, the U3PS is probably the best followed by UTAS and IPPIS,” he said.
He noted that the increment in salaries of university lecturers and other tertiary institutions like Polytechnics and Colleges of Education would not commence immediately, according to him, “It will commence in January next year.”
He took a swipe at the past administration for signing an agreement with the union without any possibility of fulfilment.
“I do believe with due respect to that government (Jonathan administration) even when it signed that agreement, I don’t think it had the intention of fulfilling because the money was not just there,” he said.
Speaking on the ‘no work no pay policy, Adamu said that the federal government is not ready to compromise its decision.
According to him, “I don’t think the government would rescind. It is not only the payment of salary that should motivate them to go back. Many things can motivate them to go back to the classroom.”
On the state of education in the country and why Nigerians are seeking university education in other African nations, he said, “it is not a bad reputation in the sense that people are going abroad to study. The only thing you have to say is that our universities should try to attract students so that instead of money going out, money will be coming in.”
He added that the federal government has tried its best in ensuring that does not last longer than this.
While noting that the government had made an offer to the varsity teachers, he said, “The agreement we reached or the position that I offered of government that I offered to is something government can pay if they say they will agree,”
“The agreement we reached or the position that I offered of government that I offered to is something government can pay if they say they will agree,”