FG Offers N65bn To ASUU For Earned Allowances, Revitalisation Fund

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Federal Government has offered a cumulative sum of N65 billion to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to address earned academic allowances and revitalisation of universities.

Minister of Labour and , Dr Chris Ngige, made proposal on behalf of government to striking lecturers when they met on Friday in .

Briefing reporters at end of meeting, he described negotiation as fruitful as the government has decided to shift grounds on the lingering that have kept out of the classroom for several .

Ngige noted that in its bid to resolve the impasse with ASUU, the sum of N15 billion from the amount offered by the government would be for more funds to revitalise the universities.

He explained that the fund was in addition to the N20 billion paid earlier, making a of N35 billion committed as revitalisation fund by the government.

The minister gave an update on the visitation panel to the universities, noting that the panel would be inaugurated next week.

He also spoke about the payment system, as the union had rejected the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) of the government.

Ngige noted that representatives of the government and ASUU met over the Transparency Account System (UTAS) proposed by the union, but was work in .

He stated that the Ministry of Labour and , as well as the Ministry of Education, would use the previous payment platform of the government before introduced IPPIS to the withheld of the lecturers under strict monitoring.

The ASUU president, also addressed reporters, acknowledged that the government has made some new offers to the union and some have been made.

He, however, said the union would report to their organs and back to the government on the position of their members.