President Buhari Agrees To Release N30 Billion To Lecturers – ASUU Strike

President Buhari Agrees To Release N30 Billion To Lecturers – ASUU Strike

Nigeria Federal Government has agreed to release N30 billion academic allowance to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

This is part of the concession to end the seventh month strike, as the government will pay the money in tranches between May 2021 and January 2022.

However, Government also pledge to spend N20bn on the revitalisation of the education sector in the country.

The agreement was reached during the meeting between FG and Academic Staff Union Leadership on Thursday.

The body of lecturers insisted that the government should pay their outstanding salaries through GIFMIS before full implementation of University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, at meeting yesterdays.

But the government insisted on the integrated payroll and personnel information system, IPPIS.

ASUU, also yesterday, directed all its members across universities in Nigeria to reject IPPIS officials coming to various campuses on Monday for biometric data capturing of its members.
This official letter was signed by Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, President of ASUU and sent to all zonal coordinators and all its members on Thursday.
But the union vowed not to jeopardize the ongoing critical engagement with federal government.
In the letter, ASUU said it has been informed that IPPIS officials from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, will be going around university campuses from Monday 19th October, 2020.
“The leadership of our great Union is fully aware of the hardship the non-payment of salaries by the Accountant-General and other forms of intimidation by over-zealous Vice-Chancellors have unleashed on our membership and we are leaving no stone unturned to redress the situation, ASUU said.

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