ASUU, ASUP Strike: FG Releases N16.8bn To Settle Workers’ Outstanding Arrears

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By Gbenga Sijuade

FG Moves To End ASUU, ASUP Strike

The Federal Government has released N16.8 billion to settle outstanding salary arrears of staff in the country’s tertiary institute

Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, who disclosed this during the“Sixth Edition of the Ministerial Press Briefing’’ in Abuja, said that disbursement is ongoing through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

Adamu said that the government had resolved all issues and await the academic unions to also call off their strike in the coming days, especially ASUU and ASUP.

Meanwhile, as earlier reported by Naija News, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has pledged to end the lingering strike by university lecturers in the country, from his first day at work, if elected the next president of the country.

Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has been on strike since December 12, while the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) started Nov.4.

According to him, the Federal Government has reached agreement in the following areas: Review of Polytechnic Act; government awaits the transmittal of the amended document by the National Assembly to Mr. President for his assent.

Others, he said, were the revitalization of polytechnics and colleges of education, renegotiation of the 2010 agreements, saying that government is committed to the revitalization of facilities in its public tertiary institutions.

The minister also said that the government had directed the Minister of Finance to source for additional funding to the tune of N30 billion for the purpose, with particular reference to polytechnics and colleges of education.

Also for state-owned polytechnics; the National Board for Technical Education has been directed to strengthen its regulatory mechanism including developing a new template for accreditation to address observed weaknesses. “And to ensure that proprietors of polytechnics including states and private owners meet their obligations to their staff.

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