Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has threatened to dismiss any lecturer of the Kaduna State University -KASU, who continues to join in on the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities -ASUU.
El-Rufai who made the threat while speaking on a state-wide radio program in Kaduna on Wednesday directed the striking lecturers to return to classrooms with immediate effect or see their appointments terminated.
The Governor insisted that the KASU lecturers had no reason to join the ASUU strike as the state government was not owing them salaries and allowances, adding that refusal to return to their duty posts would see their positions declared empty.
According to El-Rufai, ASUU had a problem with the federal government, not the state government and as such, the lecturers who are currently employees of the state government are acting out of their purview.
“The Acting Vice Chancellor of KASU has assured me that they will resume work, but I have asked them to find out if they resumed because I previously instructed that their salary be stopped. Later, I was 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.”
“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.” The governor announced.
He also added that the lecturers had once done the same thing and they were promptly warned. “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,” El-Rufai concluded.