Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has threatened to sack all Kaduna State University lecturers if they continue to observe a solidarity strike with the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
According to Daily Post, El-Rufai issued the threat on Wednesday while speaking to newsmen, adding that KASU lecturers had no reason to join any strike.
He said ASUU has a problem with the Federal Government, not the state government.
He said, “The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume but I have asked them to find out if they actually resumed work because I initially instructed that their salary be stopped. But I was later told they didn’t join the strike, so I asked that it should be investigated and those who collected salary and joined the strike will be asked to refund the salary.
“This is because Nigeria’s law says ‘no work, no pay’. This is the law. So whoever joined the strike will not be paid a salary. We have been telling the KASU lecturers that they have no problem with the State government. ASUU’s problem is with the Federal government. Therefore, why will our staff who have no problems with us join the strike?
“If this continues, I will wake up one day to sack them all, I swear to God. We will sack them all and declare their positions vacant on the pages of newspapers. They once did the same thing and we gave them warning, now they repeated it. I’m only waiting to receive the report from the commissioner for education. I swear to God, we will sack all those that joined the strike if they refuse to resume work.”
ASUU has been on strike since February over the failure of the government to meet its demands.
Many attempts by the government to make the lecturers return to the classrooms have not yielded results as of today.
Just on Monday, labour unions commenced solidarity protests in some parts of the country with ASUU.