Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has threatened to sack the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, of Kaduna State University, KASU, and declare their positions vacant if they refused to return to classrooms.
The governor who spoke on a live radio programme yesterday night, among others, said: “ASUU has a problem with the Federal Government, not the state government. The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume and 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 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 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 the newspaper. They once did the same thing and we gave them a 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,” he vowed.