Governor of Kaduna State Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has threatened to sack all lecturers in Kaduna State University (KASU) who are currently observing the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) strike.
ASUU has been on strike since February, 2022 over the failure of government to meet their demands and several attempts to make the striking lecturers to return to classrooms have yielded no results.
Speaking on a Radio programme in Kaduna on Wednesday, El-Rufai asked the lecturers to return to classrooms to avoid having their positions declared vacant.
Reiterating his point, The governor said lecturers had no reason to join any strike because ASUU only have problem with the Federal government and not the State government.
He said: “The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume work and I have asked them to find out if they actually resumed 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 that 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 salary. We have been telling the KASU lecturers that they have no problem with State government.
ASUU problem is with the Federal government, Therefore, why will our staff who have no problems with us joined 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 it sometimes and we gave them warning, now they repeat 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 refused to resume work”.