By Ola Ajayi
ANOTHER strike is looming in the nationâ€™s university system as members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are contemplating what to do as a result of the insistence of the Federal Government to implement a policy ofÂ â€œno work, no pay ruleâ€ on them.
The government is said to be withholding salaries of the lecturers for the months of August and September when they embarked on strike.
It was gathered that the government had already paid the salary for the month of October but failed to include the outstanding salaries of the two months.
Already, the government had forwarded a circular marked Ref. NUC/ES/444/Vol.15/71 of July, 2009 and NUC/ES/444/Vol15/77 of 21 August, 2009 to all the federal universities instructing their management to withhold the payment of the salaries.
The letter which entitled â€œRe: National strike by staff unions of universities: Payment of staff salariesâ€ read in part â€œfollowing the suspension of the strike by staff unions, the Accountant-General of the Federation has been advised to pay the salaries of all staff of federal universities with effect from the month of October, 2009. The salaries withheld during the strike period, however, remainâ€.
â€œThe Accountant-General of Federation by my letters, Ref. NUC/ES/444/Vol.15/71 of July, 2009 and NUC/ES/444/Vol15/77 of 21 August, 2009 on the national strike by staff unions of universities was advised to effect the no work, no pay policy of governmentâ€, the letter stated.
The staff condemned the government for trying to thwart the agreement reached after the strike that â€œnobody shall be victimized in any way whatsoever for his or her role in the process leading to this re-negotiation and agreementâ€.
They vowed that unless the government rescinds its decision, they may be left with no other alternative than withdraw their services again.
They further threatened that the breach of the agreement by the government would take its toll on the students as their results would not be released.