- The minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, says agreements have been reached with polytechnic lecturers which should put an end to their strike
- Adamu said N16.8 billion has been released by the federal government to settle outstanding arrears
- The minister further expressed hope that the ASUU strike will also come to an end, saying an agreement has been reached with striking university lecturers
Agreements have been reached with striking polytechnic lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), which are expected to end their ongoing strike action.
The development was made public by the minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, at a media briefing, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the minister said the sum of N16.8 billion has been released by the federal government to settle outstanding arrears. He also stated that salary shortfalls were being addressed ‘across board’.
He said: “Disbursement is ongoing through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”
Adamu further disclosed that the minister of finance had been directed by the government to source for additional funding to the tune f N30 billion to revitalize facilities in public tertiary institutions, especially polytechnics and colleges of education.
In the case of striking university lecturers, Adamu said: “Government team has reached agreement with ASUU. It is my hope that academic activities will also resume in universities campuses across the country without further delay.”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics said that it would not be ending its strike action.
ASUP said its decision to continue with the strike followed the failure of the federal government to release the N15 billion revitalisation fund promised Nigerian polytechnics in 2017.
The national president of ASUP, Usman Dutse, said in the 2009 agreement, the federal government had promised about N603 billion to polytechnics; but it was agreed in 2017, that due to paucity of funds, N15 billion should be released as commitment to the agreement.
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