Strike Education minister restates FG’s ‘no work, no pay’ policy. The Federal Government’s position on the no work, no pay policy stance on ending the industrial strike has been reiterated by Minister of State for Education, Rt Hon Goodluck Nanah Opiah.
He said that after fulfilling the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the government anticipated that university professors will return to class without condition.
The minister claimed that the Federal Government had tried its best to fix the situation and asserted that the “no work, no pay policy” is a universal regulation that is not unique to the country alone in a release that was made available to DAILY POST on Saturday.
While regretting that the strike has caused a setback in the education sector where the government, students, parents, and lecturers are the losers, Opiah, who was on a working visit to the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, requested the pro-chancellors’ and chairmen of governing councils of universities to get involved and persuade ASUU to reconsider its position.
He had nothing but appreciation for the institution’s administration and the development rate that had been thus far seen. The minister urged sustained cooperation between the administration and the Governing Council, which is chaired by Senator Chris Adighije, Pro-Chancellor, noting that this will support the necessary growth for academic excellence.
The minister took advantage of the opportunity to examine TETfund’s contribution to the school’s infrastructure development as well as security arrangements in light of the current state of affairs in the nation while he was at the university to assess the level of development in the institution founded 11 years ago.
The minister had already paid the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, a courtesy call and explained the reason for his journey to the state.
The minister urged the people to disregard accusations that he had referred to ASUU members as thieves by refuting those claims.