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FG agrees to pay N30bn earned al­lowance to ASUU

- By Idowu Isamotu Nigeria News · Politics · Academic Staff Union of Universities · U.S. government

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day agreed to re­lease N30bn earned aca­demic al­lowance to the uni­ver­sity lec­tur­ers.

It was gath­ered that the money would be paid in tranches between May 2021 and Jan­uary 2022.

The gov­ern­ment, it was learnt, also pledged to spend N20bn on the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor as part of con­ces­sions meant to end the seven-month strike de­clared by the Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties.

Th­ese were part of the agree­ments reached dur­ing the meeting between the FG and ASUU lead­er­ship yes­ter­day.

The aca­demics, how­ever, in­sisted that pay­ment of their out­stand­ing salaries could be made through GIFMIS be­fore full im­ple­men­ta­tion of UTAS, but the gov­ern­ment in­sisted on IPPIS.

Mean­while, the union di­rected all his mem­bers to re­ject IPPIS of­fi­cials re­port­edly com­ing to var­i­ous cam­puses on Monday for bio­met­ric data cap­tur­ing of its mem­bers.

An of­fi­cial let­ter, signed by ASUU Pres­i­dent, Bio­dun Ogun­yemi, sent to all zonal co­or­di­na­tors and all its mem­bers, re­it­er­ated that the union would not jeop­ar­dize the on­go­ing crit­i­cal en­gage­ment with fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The let­ter partly read, “We have re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that IPPIS of­fi­cials from the Of­fice of the Ac­coun­tan­tGen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion will be vis­it­ing cam­puses as from Monday 19th Oc­to­ber, 2020, for bio­met­ric data cap­ture of aca­demics.

“All ASUU mem­bers should have noth­ing to do with them. Fact-Check by ASUU with the fig­ures from the OAGF has proven the claim that our mem­bers are troop­ing to en­roll in the IPPIS in Abuja as false. The en­rolled num­ber is in­con­se­quen­tial.

“The lead­er­ship of our great Union is fully aware of the hard­ship the non­pay­ment of salaries by the Ac­coun­tant-Gen­eral and other forms of in­tim­i­da­tion by over-zeal­ous ViceChan­cel­lors have un­leashed on our membership and we are leav­ing no stone un­turned to re­dress the sit­u­a­tion.

“There­fore, all mem­bers of ASUU should STAY AWAY from any­thing re­lated to IPPIS; so as not to jeop­ar­dize the on­go­ing crit­i­cal en­gage­ment with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.”

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