The last has not been seen of the rift between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
What is it now?
The Federal Government has implemented a “no-work, no-pay” policy for lecturers in the country, and the union plans to hold a one-day nationwide protest rally in response. All lecturers who are members of the union will be required to abstain from lectures on that day as part of the protest, which will be coordinated at the branch levels of the union on public university campuses around the country.
What’s the protest meant to achieve?
The union’s latest move is in response to the recent payment of the October salaries of universities’ academic staff, which was not a full monthly payment. The protest’s objective is to register ASUU’s refusal to be treated like “casual workers”, the union said. “We are protesting. Branches will choose their own dates, the government needs to understand that we are not casual workers”, a member of ASUU’s National Executive Council said, according to the Punch.
A letter from the chair of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) branch of ASUU, Dr. Dele Ashir, confirming the planned protest, stated that the branch would demonstrate on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Addressed to “all stakeholders”, the letter noted that the special protest rally against the casualization of intellectualism in Nigeria will hold at the Julius Berger auditorium in the school.