Strike: FG offered ASUU members 23.5% pay rise, 35% for professors, says Adamu

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Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, confirmed on Tuesday, that Federal Government, agreed to a pay rise for the striking university lecturers under the umbrella of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Minister, specifically, mentioned that Federal Government representatives told ASUU members that the Federal Government can only afford a 23.5 per cent salary increase for all category of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for people in the professorial cadre who would enjoy a 35 per cent upward review of their salaries.
Adamu who addressed a meeting of Pro-Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities, in Abuja, also disclosed that agreement was reached with the ASUU members that henceforth, allowances that pertain to ad-hoc duties of the academic and non-academic staff shall be paid as at when due by the Governing Councils of Universities to which such services were rendered and to the staff who performed such services.
He, thus, confirmed that a sum of N150 billion shall be provided for in the 2023 budget as funds for the revitalization of Federal Universities, and the funds would be disbursed to the institutions in the first quarter of the year.
He also disclosed that a sum of N50 billion shall be provided for in the 2023 budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances of lecturers, and the funds would also be paid in the first quarter of the year.
Adamu, however, confirmed that the four University-based Unions, in separate letters addressed to the Chairman of the Government Re-negotiating Team, rejected the government’s offer and described it inadequate to meet their respective demands needed to tackle the challenges confronting the university system.
He said: “following the above development, I held several meetings with the individual striking university-based unions, during which I explained the prevailing economic situation limiting the ability of Government to accede to all their demands.
“On those occasions, I appealed to the Unions to consider and accept the Government’s offer and call-off the ongoing industrial actions in the interest of the nation’s educational system.
“Consequently, the Joint Action Committee of NASU/SSANU and NAAT suspended their industrial action. Unexpectedly and fortunately, on Monday, 29th August, 2022, ASUU decided to extend its strike indefinitely. But I can assure Nigerians that all is not lost because we have secured successes elsewhere.”
He appealed to ASUU to keep its doors open for continuous negotiation with the representatives of the Federal Government, so that the matter can be resolved amicably and in good time.
He said: “ASUU President was reported to have said the Union would no longer negotiate with the current Federal Government. This position must be resisted. Government and ASUU have no option than to continue talking, until our Universities have reopened their doors to students who, clearly, are the principal victims of the seemingly unending strikes.”

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