Strike ends soon, FG, ASUU reach agreement

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as reached viable agreement on Monday in the direction of resolving the continued lecturers’ strike.

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, stated this after a reconciliatory meeting with ASUU in Abuja.

Ngige said the assembly changed into fruitful as an agreement had been reached among the Federal Government and the placing college academics.

According to him, the Federal Government has released N15.Four billion for the charge of the revenue shortfalls, which turned into one of the fundamental demands of the union.

“On the difficulty of salaries in tertiary establishments, specifically in universities, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant- General furnished proof that as at December 31, 2018 the Federal Government had remitted N15.Four billon.

“Also on the difficulty of Earned Allowances inside the universities gadget, in addition they showed us evidence that Mr President has accepted the N20 billion to be used to offset the awesome arrears of the 2009 and 2012, audit validated earnings, in the university gadget.

“This money is being labored on, and will be launched to ASUU as soon because the procedure is completed.

“ASUU has fulfilled its very own aspect of the good deal in phrases of NUPECO, that is the Pension Fund Administration organization that ASUU has floated to attend to pension for people in the university system.

“The Pension regulator, the PENCOM, has requested certain positions to be fulfilled and that they gave ASUU a transient license, which has expired.

“ASUU has submitted all the files and fulfilled all situations had to get their license,” he stated.

Ngige stated that the meeting had resolved to mandate the Ministry of Education to get in contact with PENCOM to ensure that the everlasting licence is issued to ASUU as soon as feasible.

The minister additionally said on the difficulty of university revitalisation, the President Goodluck Administration entered into an agreement with the ASUU for revitalisation of 20 universities yearly for the subsequent 6 years.

“This is beginning from 2009, this Government will search for assets for the investment.

“We have also supplied ASUU a few token to reveal appropriate faith and that quantity is thought to them. Issue of visitation panel is also taken care of.

“These were principal problems discussed and ASUU is supposed to take lower back the decision of these meetings to their contributors, at the same time as we assume that they’ll get lower back to us by Thursday, ” he said.

Also, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, said the National Executive Committee of the union will evaluation its selections based on the brand new dedication through the Federal Government.

He stated the strike ought to best be referred to as off or now not after the NEC meeting. He did no longer say whilst the meeting will keep.

The lecturers have been on strike seeing that November four to call for improved investment of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government.

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