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ASUU Strike: Federal Govt To Release N30 Billion To Lecturers

The Buhari Government has finally concur to release N30 billion earned academic allowance to the Academic Staff Union of Universities[ASUU].

The government team was led by Ngige, his Minister of State, Festus Keyamo and others while Prof Biodun Ogunyemi led the ASUU team.

In a bid to put an end to the 7month old strike, the Federal government has also dedicated 20billion naira for the reawakening of the sector of education.

FRESHREPORTERS learnt that the payments will be made in batches and it will be finalized between the period of May 2021 and January 2022

These agreements were established during the Thursday meeting between the Federal Government and the academic staff union leadership.

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At the yesterday’s meeting, the body of lecturers, insisted that the government should pay their outstanding salaries through GIFMIS before full implementation of University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, but the government insisted on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS

It was gathered that the group of lecturers present yesterday stood firm on their words demanding the government to pay their outstanding salaries via GIFMIS before they fully activate University Transparency and Accountability Solution [UTAS]. But the government kept leaning on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System [IPPIS].

The IPPIS officials will be visiting all campuses on Monday for the purpose biometric data capturing of its members.

However, ASUU has alerted all its members in all the universities across the country to reject the coming of the IPPS officials.

In Ngige’s statement:

“For the past one week, we have all been on our toes, we have been meeting and we pray that this meeting will yield some good fruits. We don’t take very great pleasure, to the fact that the children who are supposed to be in school are being recruited into the #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT and all the kind of situations.

“As much as possible, we will try to see how we can meet ourselves halfway, so that we can resolve this crisis to the benefits of all and the country at large.”

ASUU president said,

“The leadership of our great Union is fully aware of the hardship the non-payment of salaries by the Accountant-General and other forms of intimidation by over-zealous Vice-Chancellors have unleashed on our membership and we are leaving no stone unturned to redress the situation.

Recall that the ongoing ASUU strike commenced indefinitely on March 23, 2020 citing failure on the part of the federal government to honour the Memorandum of Action it signed in 2019.

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