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Lecturers salaries: SERAP demands reversal of deduction

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige to immediately reverse the deduction of the salaries of university lecturers.

In a statement, SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadara describes the deduction in the salaries of lecturers as illegal.

According to SERAP, the Federal Government “should pay the lecturers their full salaries for the duration of their strike action.

“Paying half salaries to ASUU members solely for exercising their human rights is patently unlawful and incompatible with the Nigerian Constitution 1999 [as amended] and international standards.”

“The alleged deductions from the salaries of ASUU members also amount to punishing them for exercising their right to strike.”

“The deductions are illegal and disproportionate. The deductions may also be construed as a deliberate attempt to take away the right to strike, and to make ASUU a lame duck.”

It says the right to strike implies the right of workers not to be punished for striking, stressing that ASUU members do not have to forfeit their salaries because they exercise their right to strike.”

The statement says it will appreciate if federal government reconsider its decision and pay the full salaries of the lecturers within the next seven days.

SERAP says legal actions will be taken against the federal government and the Minister of Labour if they fail to pay the lecturers their full salaries

The Federal Government paid half-salaries to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for the month of October 2022 a situation, Dr Ngige described as necessary because the lecturers did not work in October.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu