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. If they refuse the rule of no work, no pay will be applied." - Minister of Education
| July 13, 2009
The Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu, said that the government has met three of the four major demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and approved a 40 per cent increase in salary for its members. The Minister said, "This is a situation where in other sectors people are asking, 'Please can I retain my job because of the economic meltdown and university lecturers are not being sacked and their salary is being paid, even with an increment." "If they are saying it's not enough it will be unfortunate because they are not the only people the government caters for. We have other sectors, but because of the importance of education the government has given them this 40 per cent." "If they are interested in the welfare of the students, if they know they are patriotic, they should go back to class and start teaching. "If they are saying the 40 per cent is not okay the normal thing is for them to say, 'Let us go back to the class and then continue the agitation.'" "The argument was that it is not personal, and it is not salary they are talking about, it is general welfare. Now why are they refusing 40 per cent paid from this month. If they refuse the rule of no work, no pay will be applied." Responding, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) President said, "the latest utterances from the Minister are a pointer that he is not capable to lead the education sector. "We therefore call on the government for his immediate removal or face the wrath of Labour." ASUU is demanding better funding for education, adequate remuneration of staff, genuine autonomy and democratisation of the decision making organs in universities, and the recall of the remaining sacked 44 lecturers of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), which they claim is part of an agreement they already have with the government.

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