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ASUU agreed to finish strike at this time – Ngige

ASUU agreed to finish strike at this time. The Federal Government says it has delivered on gives made to the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

This was in response to the declare by the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, that the federal government had didn’t ship on gives made to the union.

Ogunyemi had blamed the FG for union’s failure to name off the strike, noting that the lecturers wouldn’t return to courses till their wage arrears have been paid.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, nonetheless, revealed that ASUU agreed at their final assembly with the federal government crew on November 27 to name off their nine-month-old strike earlier than December 9.

“The fact of the matter is {that a} ‘gentleman settlement’ was reached on the final assembly wherein ASUU agreed to name off the strike earlier than December 9, 2020, and the minister, in flip, agreed that after the strike known as off, he would get a presidential waiver for ASUU to be paid the rest of their salaries on or earlier than December 9,” Ngige acknowledged.

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This was contained in a press release from Ngige media workplace on Tuesday, titled, ‘We have saved our guarantees to ASUU – FG.’

Ngige stated it was false and discomfiting for ASUU to wrongly inform the general public that the federal government agreed to pay all withheld salaries earlier than it will resume work, stressing that the timelines hooked up to the varied gives made to the union had been complied with.

The minister acknowledged, “The N40b Earned Academic Allowances have additionally been processed simply because the N30bn revitalisation funds, bringing it to N70bn. Likewise, the visitation panels for the schools have been accredited by the President however the panel can not carry out its tasks till the shut universities are re-opened.

“The gazetting can be being rounded off on the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation whereas the Ministry of Education is able to inaugurate the varied visitation panels.”

He disclosed that “they have been paid for February and March, after which it was prolonged to April, May and June, months they have been on strike on compassionate floor, bringing it to 5 months.”

The assertion added, “Asking the federal government to pay these 4 months earlier than it goes again to work means ASUU is inserting itself above the legislation of the land and no authorities will encourage it as it’s a recipe for chaos within the labour milieu.”

 Meanwhile, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has stated that the eight-month-long strike by ASUU was a sign that college lecturers had not considered the bigger challenges going through the nation.

“Government conceded one thing. The drawback is that they refused to take a look at the issue of the entire nation. The Minister of Labour is working laborious at it. It is superb how ASUU will keep out of school rooms for therefore lengthy. There’s a necessity for our elite to know the challenges going through the nation,” The President added.

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