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ASUU Strike: Hope Rises As FG agrees to pay lecturers N30bn earned allowance

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigerian Students are optimistic that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike which has lingered for 7 months now might be coming to an end soon.

This is as the Federal Government has agreed to release N30bn earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.

In a communiqué signed after a meeting which ended late Thursday night between the government and the leadership of the union, while responding to the demand by ASUU for the payment of the two tranches which cumulated to 40 Billion Naira that has become over-due since November, 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) committed to release N30 billion on or before 6th November, 2020.

The remaining 10 billion it was agreed would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022 respectively.

On the funding for revitalization of Public Universities, the Government offered N20 Billion payable by the end of January 2021 and ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday 21st October, 2020.

According to the communique, Minister of Education will follow up with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning on its earlier Memo to President Muhammadu Buhari on sources of alternative funding for revitalization to facilitate the process of additional funding of the University system.

“This is with a view to reactivating the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2013 as agreed in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of 2019,” it stated.

On the the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the meeting was informed that ASUU has met its timeline regarding the first stage of the initial demonstration of the efficacy of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to Government as this was done on Wednesday, 14th October, 2020.

It reads further, “The Meeting also agreed that if UTAS passes all the different stages of the integrity test which would involveNational Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)and the Office of the National Security Advisers (NSA) and after ascertaining its efficacy; it would be adopted for the payment of the University staff.

It was therefore agreed that the meeting will reconvene next Wednesday, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of her NEC, in order to facilitate the suspension of their strike.

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