President Bola Tinubu has approved the release of four months’ withheld salary to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) following their eight month-long strike in 2022. The federal government had consequently imposed its “no work, no pay” order, which denied the university teachers their salary.
But according to a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Ajuri Ngelale, in “invoking the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy,” the President has approved the partial waiver of the order. It said the action was to mitigate the effect of the ongoing economic reforms in the country and in recognition of the faithful implementation of the agreement reached between the federal government and the union.
The statement recalled that the “No Work, No Pay” Order that was instituted against striking members of the ASUU following the commencement of their eight-month industrial action which began on February 14, 2022 and was terminated on October 17, 2022.
The statement added: “In view of his determination 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 fruitful deliberations between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria,
President Bola Tinubu has directed the grant of an exceptional last waiver of the ‘No Work, No Pay’ Order on ASUU, which will allow for the previously striking members of ASUU to receive four (4) 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 President has 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 (DoU) establishing that this exceptional waiver granted by the President will be the last one to be granted to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and all other Education Sector Unions.”
Similarly, the president has granted what he insisted is the last waiver of the “no work, no pay” on resident doctors following the implementation of the agreement reached with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) over their recent strike.
Tinubu appoints Shaakaa Chira new Auditor-General of the Federation
President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr Shaakaa Chira as the substantive Auditor-General of the Federation, as recommended by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).
A statement by Ajuri Ngelale on Friday, said the President approved Chira’s appointment after the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) conducted a screening exercise that identified him as the most qualified candidate who had also scored the highest in the examination amongst all qualified candidates for the office.
He said the president expects the new Auditor-General to justify the confidence reposed in him and to live up to the high expectations that Nigerians have concerning the execution of the Renewed Hope Agenda of his administration.
He also noted that the president simply exercised his powers vested in him by Section 86 of the 1999 Constitution as Amended.