ASUU Strike: FG shifts ground, offers N65 billion, suspends IPPIS

After 10 months of an intense strike, it seems like ASUU and FG have finally found common ground. The cash seeks to address the issue of earned allowances and ''revitalisation of universities''.

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The federal government, on Friday, all through a meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) shifted grounds when it supplied a whole sum of N65 billion to Nigerian universities to address some of its demands. It additionally stated the lecturers will now be paid their income arrears on an older platform, ignoring the controversial IPPIS.

The money seeks to tackle the difficulty of earned allowances and ”revitalisation of universities”.

Giving a breakdown of the cash, the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, stated "the Accountant General of the Federation has supplied to release N40 billion or in the alternative, N35 billion to be shared by using all the registered exchange unions in the universities after imparting critical evidence of having earned the allowance".

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

He said whilst the preliminary sum will be for the earned allowance (EA), the stability of N25 billion or N30 billion will be made for the revitalisation of universities.

He also stated, all vice-chancellors are to put up important points of the ‘EAA/EA’ to the National Universities Commission (NUC) ”on or before November 30.”

**Withheld salaries**
On the issue of withheld salaries, Mr Ngige stated the ministries of labour and schooling will review 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.

He stated 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 historic platform (Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) till UTAS (which the lecturers are proposing) is equipped for usage,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said ”ASUU will take the new provide to its members.”

“We will supply the authorities our response by way of subsequent week after discussing with our members,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES said how the government said it would launch N30 billion for earned allowances which would be shared among all the classes of unions in the universities but ASUU rejected the offer.

The government, in an in the past offer, additionally said it will launch N20 billion for the revitalisation of the universities, in January 2021. The union also rejected this offer.

More details soon…