An agreement has been reached between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a bid to end the lecturers’ strike.
This was disclosed by the federal Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige after a meeting with ASUU in Abuja last Monday.
According to the minister, the reconciliatory meeting was a success as the striking lecturers reached a possible agreement with the Federal Government.
He further stated that the FG has disbursed the sum of N15.4 billion for payment of a backlog of salaries which the union demanded.
“On the issue of salaries in tertiary institutions, especially in universities, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant- General provided evidence that as at December 31, 2018 the Federal Government had remitted N15.4 billon.
“Also on the issue of Earned Allowances in the universities system, they also showed us evidence that Mr President has approved the N20 billion to be used to offset the outstanding arrears of the 2009 and 2012, audit verified earnings, in the university system.
“This money is being worked on, and will be released to ASUU as soon as the process is completed.
“ASUU has fulfilled its own side of the bargain in terms of NUPECO, which is the Pension Fund Administration company that ASUU has floated to take care of pension for people in the university system.
“The Pension regulator, the PENCOM, has asked certain positions to be fulfilled and they gave ASUU a temporary license, which has expired.
“ASUU has submitted all the documents and fulfilled all conditions needed to get their license,” he said.
ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, mentioned that the union would revisit its decision following the new agreement with the Federal Government. He, however, stated that the strike would only be called off after the union has its NEC meeting which was not mentioned.
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