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Federal Government Says It Has Released N163 Billion To ASUU

The Federal Government says it has released N163 billion to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday gave an insight into its expectations from the federal government at today’s meeting before it would consider calling off the protracted national strike.

Among others, the union said that the government must show concrete evidence of the payment of at least N50 billion revitalisation fund to its negotiating team.

The government must also show proof of the payment of the promised N20 billion earned academic allowances and how the balance of N85 billion would be paid with timelines, the union said.

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this while addressing newsmen after a closed-door reconciliatory meeting with ASUU leadership on Monday in Abuja.

Recall that the striking lecturers had embarked on strike on Nov. 5, 2018, to press home their demands.

ASUU demands included some areas of understanding in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action agreed to in 2017. Some of these areas include shortfall in salaries of some Federal Universities’ workers and lecturers, earned allowances, revitalisation that were part of the 2009 agreement, among others.
According to Ngige, “today we have agreed to fund revitalisation. “Government has released about N163 billion from TETFund account to universities.

“So, we have gotten some substantial agreement in most of the areas of the agreement.” “Most of the issues have being resolved, so they are going to go back to their members and present government’s offer to their council,‘’ he said.


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