The Federal Government of Nigeria can’t meet up with the ASUU financial demands as they are requesting for N110 billion for revitalisation.
But, the Federal Government declared that it does not have enough money to meet up with the demands.
The government offered to release N20 billion for revitalization two weeks ago, and ASUU is insisting on N30 billion earned academic allowance promised by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government has offered N50 billion but what ASUU is asking is more than that to be released.
These are the issued the ASUU and Federal Government is facing presently and also discussed it on Wednesday in Abuja.
However, the meeting failed again after the meeting and the key three issue is, revitalisation of the university system, Earned Academic Allowance and the controversial payroll system – the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS).
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who briefed reporters at the end of the meeting, said the government side will meet separately on Friday to consider the counter – offer tabled by ASUU.
But the major problem why we cannot pay N110 billion is because of the dire economic situation and Covid-19, and that’s why we offered N20 billion as revitalisation fund.
“On Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), the government offered N30 billion to all the unions in the universities, making it N50 billion all together, if you add the N20bn for revitalisation.
Another problem is ASUU insists that the N30 billion should be for lecturers alone, irrespective of the fact that there are three other unions. So there is a little problem there. We don’t have any money to offer apart from this N30 billion.
With the situation of things now, the government side will meet on Friday and after that they will communicate ASUU and if there is a need for meeting to solve things, a date will be fixed for it.