An agreement has been reached between the Federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for the eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities since March 2020, to be called-off.
The consensus was reached during a meeting between the union leadership and the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.
The government also pledged to pay N40bn as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalisation of the university system bringing the total payment to N70bn.
The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.
The decision is coming one week after the Federal Government accepted to exempt ASUU from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS),8 pending the approval of their proposed payment system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
According to a report by the Punch newspaper, ASUU is expected to report the agreement to its organs and then communicate their decision to the government after which a date for the calling off of the strike would be announced.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Ngige noted that the parley was fruitful, adding that the government made a proposal to ASUU which it would take back to its members.
He said, “Many issues were discussed at the meeting, including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalisation of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.”
While also responding, the ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, did not say much, noting that everything Ngige said was correct.