NASU to Get Half of Withheld Salaries-FG Assures

The Federal Government has announced that non-academic staff members of universities will receive half of their withheld salaries, pending President Bola Tinubu’s approval of the payment of their salary arrears.

Education Minister, Tahir Mamman made this statement on Wednesday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today program.

Mamman explained that the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) were not on strike for the same period in 2022 as their academic counterparts.

He emphasised the government’s efforts to provide relief for the affected staff members, stating, “The government has been doing everything possible to get a relief for them.”

The issue arose in March when SSANU and NASU members embarked on a one-week warning strike to protest their withheld salaries by the Federal Government. The unions criticised the government for paying withheld salaries to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) while neglecting the non-academic unions.

The unions had previously gone on an eight-month strike in 2022 to advocate for improved welfare, leading to the implementation of a ‘No Work, No Pay policy’ by the administration of then President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Bola Tinubu had approved the release of four of the eight months’ withheld salaries last October, but the non-academic staff members are still awaiting the remaining payments. Mamman clarified that the delay in payment approval was due to a court judgment on the ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy and emphasised that the matter is under consideration.

Addressing the accusation of discrimination by NASU and SSANU, Mamman stated, “That cannot be right, there is no rating. These are people working in the same terrain, they are doing different things but all working towards the same goal.” He attributed the issue to a communication problem and assured that the government is working to resolve the matter.

When asked about the timeline for the payment, Mamman refrained from providing a specific date but assured that efforts are ongoing to expedite the process. He also indicated that if the payment is approved, it will be half of the amount received by the academic staff, in line with the President’s previous

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