The Federal Government has provided N30 billion to support university councils in settling the “Earned Allowances” of university workers.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, announced this at a meeting with Pro-Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of Public Universities.
Mr. Anyim said the amount would be disbursed to the various university councils, which were in position to know, who was entitled to what and how much, after verification.
“From the foregoing, it is obvious that the Federal Government has demonstrated sufficient commitment to the implementation of the 2009 FG/ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) Agreement.
“By this, it is clear demonstration of commitment to revitalise the university system, government hereby, urges every staff of the nation’s universities to return to work as all issues are being resolved.
“With particular reference to the contentious issue of “Earned Allowance’’, every staff of the universities that is so entitled should verify his claim with his university council and accord get paid.
“President Goodluck Jonathan is fully committed to bringing the students back to school and appreciates the patience of parents and students.
“Government is making every effort to revitalise the university system,” Mr. Anyim said.
He said that the government acknowledged the contributions of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
Mr. Anyim also acknowledged other associations, such as National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and other stakeholders. (NAN)