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ASUU strike: FG sets to pay union arrears, offers N65b to meet other demands

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Labour is ready to resolve the issue of withheld salaries of members of the Academic Staff Union of University, and will resolve the issue of ‘no work, no pay’ as stipulated in section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act Cap T8 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The minister of labour and employment, Mr Chris Ngige said, in a meeting with representatives of ASUU, that the ministries of labour and education willl review the issue and the lecturers will also be paid on the old payment platform pending the time when all issues are resolved.

“We are also reviewing how the lecturers will be paid on the old platform (Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) until UTAS (which the lecturers are proposing) is ready for usage,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, the National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, responded that “ASUU will take the new offer to its members,

“We will give the government our response by next week after discussing with our members,” he added.

Moreover, The federal government has decided to change its opinion by offering a whopping sum of N65 billion to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to address some of its demand.

Giving a breakdown of the cash, the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, said “The Accountant General of the Federation has offered to release N40 billion or in the alternative, N35 billion to be shared by all the registered trade unions in the universities after providing necessary evidence of having earned the allowance,

“The FG reiterated that her offer of N40 billion or N35 billion, whichever is accepted by ASUU was for all the universities’ unions. ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions,” he said.

“While the initial sum will be for the earned allowance (EA), the balance of N25 billion or N30 billion will be made for the revitalisation of universities,

“All vice-chancellors are to submit details of the ‘EAA/EA’ to the National Universities Commission (NUC ) ”on or before November 30.” he added.

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