FG, ASUU disagree on payment platform for N30bn allowances •Meeting to reconvene Monday

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FILE: ASUU, FG delegations meet strike , October 15, 2020


THE meeting between and the Academic Staff Union Universities deadlocked again Wednesday, following the disagreement the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances the lecturers.


The FG team led by the Minister Labour and , Chris Ngige, had offered to the salary arrears and the N30bn earned allowances of the lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the Transparency and Accountability Solution.


But the ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the teachers would not enrol the government salary platform.


The spokesman, Ministry of Labour and , Mr Charles Akpan, explained that the meeting adjourned till to enable the union leaders to get across to their on the mode of payment.


The parley is expected to reconvene on to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG.


Among other things, the government had agreed to N40bn, being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019.


Out of the amount, N30bn would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N10bn would be spread equally two tranches to be paid in 2021 and February 2022.


The two parties equally agreed to the planned of N30b for the revitalisation of the education sector.


The government offered to N20b as funding for the revitalisation of public universities by January 2021 as well as seek for sources of alternative and additional funding of the university , among other conclusions. (Punch)