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We Have Kept our Promises to ASUU- FG

Chief Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has accused the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for peddling misleading information regarding the deliberations between the Federal Government and ASUU.

Ngige made this known on Tuesday evening when he released a statement aimed at throwing more light at the resolutions made so far with the Academic Union.
“The truth of the matter is that a ‘Gentleman Agreement’ was reached at the last meeting in which ASUU agreed to call off strike before December 9, 2020 and the Minister in turn agreed that once the strike is called off , he would get a presidential waiver for ASSU to be paid the remainder of their salaries on or before December 9, 2020,” the Minister said.

The statement also said, “For instance, the Federal Government promised to constitute a Negotiation Committee for the 2009 Agreement and has fulfilled it with the last week’s inauguration of the committee that has Prof. Muzali as chairman.

“The N40b Earned Academic Allowances/Earned Allowances have also been processed just as the N30b revitalization Fund, bringing it to a total of N70b.”

“Likewise, the Visitation Panels for the Universities have been approved by the President but the panel cannot perform its responsibilities until the shut universities are re-opened. The gazzeting is also being rounded off at the Office of Attorney General of the Federation while the Ministry of Education is ready to inaugurate the various visitation panels.”

“Similarly, Government agreed to pay salaries, allowances of Earned Academic Allowances/ Earned Allowances with a hybrid platform that is not hundred percent IPPIS as requested by ASUU while UTAS is undergoing usability and integrity test at National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as demanded by ASUU.”

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