ASUU: Good news as FG releases N40 billion earned allowances

ASUU: Good news as FG releases N40 billion earned allowances

- It appears the federal government has resolved an outstanding issue with ASUU after months of back and forth

- The minister of labour confirmed that N40 billion has been paid as earned allowances to the educational body

- The ‘no work, no pay’ Trade Act for striking university lecturers has also been waived by the President Buhari-led government

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Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) can now breathe a heavy sigh of relief as the federal government released N40 billion as payment for earned academic allowances.

This was confirmed by Dr. Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, over the weekend in an interview with The Nation.

According to the report, the earned allowance released is for university lecturers and non-academic staff.

ASUU: Good news as FG releases N40 billion earned allowances
The N40 billion meant for payment of earned allowances of ASUU has been released. Photo credit: @SenChrisNgige
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Out of the N40 billion, about N10 billion was voted for the payment of earned allowances of members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and technologists.

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The Nigerian government is expected to release N30 billion revitalisation funds to varsities by the end of this month.

The minister speaking further revealed that the ‘no work, no pay’ Trade Act for striking university lecturers was waived by President Muhammadu Buhari to allow peace to reign.

Ngige explained that the federal government has so far kept faith with the agreement between it and ASUU.

Meanwhile, reported that Nigerian university staff accused the federal government of reneging on the agreement reached with ASUU.

The allegation came two weeks after the lecturers suspended their nine-month-old strike. In a statement sent to journalists, ASUU noted that the government was yet to pay their December salaries, while “illegal” deductions were still to be refunded.

The statement also accused the government of failing to honour agreements made last year.

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In a related development, members of the SSANU and NASU had announced indefinite strike action.

The two bodies, on Friday, January 22, announced that all their chapters across all universities and inter-university centres will begin to strike on Friday, February 5.

In a statement released to pressmen, the bodies said they are giving a two-week notice and ultimatum to the federal government to entertain their demands beginning from Friday, January 22.

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