World Bulletin / News Desk
Nigerian government on Thursday gave striking university teachers two weeks to return to work or else they would be sacked en masse.
"Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are directed to resume work on December 4," Education Minister Nyesom Wike told reporters in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.
"Any lecturer who refused to resume on that day automatically loses his job," he added.
"The vice chancellors should place advertisements for jobs to replace any lecturer who chooses otherwise."
The teachers have been on nationwide strike since July 1 at the insistence of their national body ASUU.
At their executive meeting two weeks ago in Kano, many ASUU chapters voted to end their strike with a caveat that the government writes an undertaking to respect the accord reached with them.
The deal included paying the teachers their earned allowances and injecting N1.5trillion into the country's university system to upgrade its obsolete infrastructure.
"We believe their action amounts to sabotage of the education system," Wike claimed, saying the government cannot continue to allow the teachers to ground the sector.
Dr. Dipo Fashina, a top negotiator of the academic union, lashed out at the minister.
"[Wike's threat] amounts to empty grandstanding and shows that the government never meant well from the very beginning," Fashina told Anadolu Agency.
"But I can assure you that we will reply him accordingly."Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2013, 11:43