FG certain about ending ASUU strike soon, releases N15.389 bn - Lai Mohammed

FG certain about ending ASUU strike soon, releases N15.389 bn - Lai Mohammed

- The federal government has described those opposed to Nigerian Army's proposed operation Python Dance as enemies of the state

- The comment was made by the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, who also said that the sum of N15.389 bn has been released to end ASUU strike

- Mohammed also revealed that federal government had decided to pay for not less than 20 universities make up for the shortfall in payment

The federal government, through the minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, January 8, berated those opposed to the proposed operation Python Dance by the Nigerian Army in preparation for the forthcoming general polls.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, the minister referred to such persons as the enemies of the good of the country, Vanguard reports.

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Mohammed said: “If you’re not a criminal no need to worry about the military operations because if there is insecurity the same people complaining would also blame the government of not doing enough to protect lives and property.”

Moreover, he expressed certainty that the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon be called off with the federal government's resolve to implement most of the controversial issues, adding that the sum of N15.389 billion has been released to make up for the shortfall in payment to universities.

He further revealed that the federal government had decided to pay for not less than 20 universities, which is even more than the number of schools the union asked for.

Mohammed also said that the offer was made in good faith to pay N20 billion in 2019 while it was making effort to pay the one for 2018 after the conclusion of modalities by the implementation committee.

The minister also revealed that the federal government had set up a special pension scheme known as Nigerian Universities Pension Company (NUPC) for the academic institutions, adding that N20 billion has been approved for the payment of earned arrears that accrued between 2009 and 2012.

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He said that arrears for 2013 to 2018 were being worked on after which it will be audited and verified by PICAD and that “Once done, payment will be made in four tranches.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had reached an agreement with the ASUU thereby raising the possibility of the end of the ongoing strike.

Legit.ng gathered that Biodun Ogunyemi who is the national president of ASUU spoke after the meeting with the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, on Monday, January 7.

He said the national executive committee of the union will review the new commitment of the federal government.

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