Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday July 27, threatened to sack all Kaduna State University (KASU) lecturers who are currently observing the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike which began in February.
El-Rufai who spoke in a radio interview on Wednesday, asked the lecturers to return to classrooms to avoid having their positions declared vacant.
He maintained that KASU lecturers had no reason to join any strike as ASUU had problem with the federal government, not the state government.
El-Rufai also said that he has directed that salaries of lecturers on strike be stopped. He said;
“The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume but 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 salary. We have been telling the KASU Lecturers that they have no problem with State government. ASUU’s 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 newspaper. They once did 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.”