FG Urges Striking Lecturers To Resume Work While Negotiations Continue

FROM LEFT: MINISTER OF EDUCATION, PROF. RUQAYYATU RUFA'I; EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES COMMISSION (NUC), PROF. JULIUS OKOJIE; SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION (SGF), SEN. ANYIM PIUS ANYIM AND MINISTER OF LABOUR, CHIEF CHUKWUEMEKA NWOGU, AT THE MEETING OF THE SGF WITH PRO-CHANCELLORS AND VICE CHANCELLORS OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN ABUJA OF FRIDAY
FROM LEFT: MINISTER OF EDUCATION, PROF. RUQAYYATU RUFA’I; EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES COMMISSION (NUC), PROF. JULIUS OKOJIE; SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION (SGF), SEN. ANYIM PIUS ANYIM AND MINISTER OF LABOUR, CHIEF CHUKWUEMEKA NWOGU, AT THE MEETING OF THE SGF WITH PRO-CHANCELLORS AND VICE CHANCELLORS OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN ABUJA OF FRIDAY

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)

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