Saturday, 9 September 2017

ASUU: FG To Pay Varsity Lecturers N220bn Within One Month

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is close to calling off its ongoing strike after reaching a fresh pact with the Federal Government on its demands. Both parties met on Friday at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, with a view to resolving the issues which necessitated the strike.

It is understood that top of the pact reached at the meeting is the swift release, by government, of N220 billion to the universities to fund the revitalisation of federal universities in the country.

Also, it was gathered that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, agreed to commence the immediate payment of the salary shortfall to the lecturers.

The minister told newsmen that government had also commenced the payment of the earned allowances of members of the union.

“We also discussed the issue of university staff schools and treasury single account with a view to finding how the system could accommodate funds for research grants that need to be independent of the government. We also discussed the issue of how the Federal Government could be involved in the running of state universities,” he said.

The representatives of ASUU are expected to present details of the agreement to the National Executive Council of the union within the next one week for ratification, and possible calling off of the strike.