Tinubu approves payment of ASUU members’ withheld salaries

According to Mr Ngelale, the President invoked a “prerogative of mercy” to waive the earlier “no work, no pay” rule imposed on the workers by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Bola Tinubu has approved the payment of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) delayed salary, exactly one year after the ASUU ended its eight-month strike.

The most recent instruction was conveyed in a statement released on Friday by Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity.

However, the government is silent regarding the salaries that other labor unions in colleges have withheld while going on strike at the same time.

The president’s choice

Mr. Ngelale claims that the president used his “prerogative of mercy” to overturn the old “no work, no pay” policy that had been enforced on the employees by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Bola Tinubu used the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy Principle.

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“Invoking the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy, President Bola Tinubu has approved the partial waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order that was instituted against striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) following the commencement of their eight-month industrial action, which began on February 14, 2022, and was terminated on October 17, 2022.

“In view of his determination to mitigate the difficulties being felt during the implementation of key economic reforms in the country, as well as his recognition of the faithful implementation of terms which were agreed upon during the fruitful deliberations between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the grant of an exceptional last waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order on ASUU, which will allow for the previously striking members of ASUU to receive four (4) months of salary accruals out of the eight months of salary which was withheld during the eight-month industrial action undertaken by the union,” Mr Ngelale wrote.

When ASUU embarked on strike in 2022, the government cited Section 43(1)(a) of the Trade Disputes Act to impose the “no work, no pay rule” on the workers. ASUU, however, kicked against the position insisting that the government’s failure to fulfill its commitment informed the strike action.

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