BREAKING: Good news as FG begins payment of ASUU’s withheld salaries

BREAKING: Good news as FG begins payment of ASUU’s withheld salaries

  • The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has begun to receive credit alerts for their salaries that the federal government has withheld
  • According to reports, some members of ASUU confirmed the payment of the withheld salaries on Monday, February 19
  • In October 2023, President Bola Tinubu gave the green light to release four months' worth of salaries that ASUU had been withheld journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

The federal government has released the salaries previously held back from university academics under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

According to Punch, several sources within the academic community in Abuja confirmed this update on Monday, February 19.

The federal government has commenced payment of ASUU withheld salaries
Multiple sources from the ASUU bloc have confirmed the payment. Photo Credit: The Presidency Nigeria
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The head of ASUU at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Gbolahan Bolarin, verified that payments have commenced.

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In October 2023, President Bola Tinubu approved releasing four out of the eight months' worth of salaries withheld by ASUU for the university staff.

The former President Muhammadu Buhari's administration implemented a 'No Work, No Pay policy' to withhold salaries from university-based unions participating in an eight-month strike in 2022.

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Education Minister Tahir Mamman recently announced a significant rise in university staff salaries by 35%.

He also revealed that universities have been granted autonomy and removed from the Integrated Payment and Payroll Information System.

Mamman highlighted that universities can now freely recruit and fill vacancies without requiring a waiver.

These decisions emerged from informal talks with tertiary institution unions, Mamman noted.

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In another report, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has recommended that the government transform student loans into grants.

President Emmanuel Osodeke highlighted the challenge of repaying loans in a job market where employment isn't guaranteed post-graduation.

He suggested converting the loans to grants, specifically for children of individuals earning below N30,000 monthly.

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Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria might be in for another round of disagreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

This comes after the government disclosed that it had commenced the implementation of deducting 40 per cent from the revenue of federal universities.

ASUU and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities have condemned this move.


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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email:

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