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Strike: FG Makes U-turn On It’s IPPIS Decision, Offers Lecturers N65bn

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After weeks of negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), the Federal Government on Friday, offered the leadership of the Union a cumulative sum of N65 billion for Earned Academic Allowance and revitalisation.

The Federal Government also made a U-turn on its decision to pay the striking lecturers through Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), adding that it will pay them through Government’s Integrated Financial Management Information System) until ASUU’s University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) was ready for usage.

These are some of the agreements reached at the resumed meeting between the leadership of ASUU and the federal government team on Friday.

Briefing newsmen after the seven-hour meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said, the Accountant-General of the Federation ( AGF) has offered to release N40 billion or in the alternative, N35 billion to be shared by all the registered Trade Unions in the universities after providing necessary evidence of having earned the allowance.

“The FG reiterated that her offer of N40 billion or 35 billion whichever is accepted by ASUU was for all the universities unions: ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions ,” the Minister said.

Ngige noted that all vice-chancellors are to submit details of the EAA/EA to the National Universities Commission (NUC) on or before November 30.

Speaking on the issue of withheld salaries, Ngige said the Federal Ministry of Labour and Federal Ministry of Education will review the issue of “no work, no pay” as stipulated in Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act Cap T8 laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 with a view to getting approval for the withheld salaries to be paid.

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