Education has a direct correlation with prosperity-Ologun

Education has a direct correlation with prosperity-Ologun

 

The disagreement between the federal government and the academic staff Union of universities, ASUU over the payment of half salaries to the university lecturers may snowball into another industrial action.

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu says the federal government will not be compelled to pay for work not done but lecturers under ASUU are against the ‘No work, No Pay’ policy of the federal government.

The federal government is sticking to its gun and insisting on the no work no pay policy it has adopted against members of the academic staff Union of universities.

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Government says there will be no salary for the university lecturers in the period which they did not work.

The federal government’s position comes despite the protest by members of ASUU to express their dissatisfaction with the invocation of the no work no pay policy of the federal government.

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The Minister of Education,Adamu Adamu reemphasised the government’s position on Wednesday after the weekly Federal Executive council
meeting in Abuja when he filled out questions from State House
Correspondents.

According to the Minister, the strike has been called off and government has paid what is due to the lecturers.

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He added that government’s position is it will not pay for work not done.

The minister also denied claims that the federal government was planning to casualise University workers.

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Reacting to federal government’s stand of no work no pay to ASUU lecturers, Lawyer, social development advocate Jide Ologun said the ‘no work no pay’ rule is a global concept in HR which has its intentions to try and prevent unnecessary strike.

According to him, we are not talking of core legalism but industrial relations. How important is education to the government?

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The crisis in the education sector has not been resolved despite the promises, this appears now like the lecturers were pushed to resume again and put them under the spotlight.

“Half salary for just one month, even if we are talking about half salary for the eight months, then people will rise up and say okay, you’ve done what you’re expected to do.

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“The government, while hanging onto this strict position of the law, may not be gaining good reputation because right now the academic profiling of Nigeria is dwindling.

Lecturers have resolved to leave the country if this situation with the federal government continues.

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Mr Ologun said in his personal opinion, that this matter hs gone beyond what we are seeing.

“The House of Representatives promised to go on dialogue with the President and find meaningful resolutions. Some of the promises made, is that Under the 2023 budget, there will be provision for some billions of naira. About 150,000,000,000 for the welfare, about 300 billion for the revitalization of the institutions.

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“The 2023 budget itself is arriving as a deficit budget towards which we may borrow about, 8 trillion naira to give it support and expected revenue of 9 trillion naira.

“There is the issue of fuel subsidy that may come in. We therefore have a promise that may not be implementable.

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“We also need to consider the economic implications as well. We just got a report now that the poverty space is now one hundred and thirty three million and this government promised to move 100 million out of poverty. It is increasing.

Mr Ologun added that education has a direct correlation with prosperity.

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In the case of Denmark and Taiwan, Lawyer, Social Development Advocate stated that Denmark has a literacy rate of over 90% and that Taiwan was able to manage the COVID because to the high literacy rate.

“The fact right now is that the government, by true priority, does not have money to pay ASUU.” That is correct.

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“As of present, Nigeria’s overall indebtedness is approximately 42.5 trillion naira.”

“On a scale of priority, when the aviation sector was about to shut down, the government assessed the economic consequences and stepped in promptly to save the situation.” As a result, it is a question of how important education is to the federal government.

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