After an eight-month strike that began on February 14, 2022, and ended on October 17, 2022, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities were granted a partial waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” Order instituted against them on Friday by Nigeria’s number one man, President Bola Tinubu.
The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, released a statement on Friday confirming the waiver, saying it “will allow for the previously striking members of ASUU to receive four months of salary accruals out of the eight months of salary which was withheld during the eight-month industrial action undertaken by the union.”
In a press release headed “President Tinubu approves partial waiver of the no work, no pay order on ASUU members,” Tinubu mandated the release of four months’ worth of salaries that had been withheld.
To ensure that this exceptional waiver granted by the President is the last one granted to ASUU and all other Education Sector Unions, Tinubu directed the grant of the waiver with the mandatory requirement that the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment secure a Document of Understanding establishing this.
According to Ngelale, the president used the Principle of the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy 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 deliberations between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria.”