Tinubu Approves Release Of Four Months Withheld Lecturers’ Salaries

Following the start of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ eight-month strike, which started on February 14, 2022, and ended on October 17, 2022, President Bola Tinubu accepted the partial relaxation of the “No Work, No Pay” Order on Friday.

According to a statement released on Friday by the President’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the waiver “will allow for the previously striking members of ASUU to receive four months of salary accruals out of the eight months of salary which was withheld during the eight-month industrial action undertaken by the union.”

The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu approves partial waiver of the no work, no pay order on ASUU members; orders release of four months of withheld salary.’

However, Tinubu directed the grant of the waiver with a mandatory requirement that the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment must secure a Document of Understanding establishing that this exceptional waiver granted by the President will be the last one to be granted to ASUU and all other Education Sector Unions.

Invoking the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy, Ngelale said the president sought 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 deliberations between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria.”