The Federal Government on thursday, October 15 has agreed to release N30bn earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.
The money will be paid in tranches between May 2021 and February 2022.
Pointloaded gathered that the FG also promised to spend N20bn on the revitalisation of the education sector as part of concessions meant to end the seven-month Industrial action declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
However in spite of the agreements reached, the meeting was inconclusive and adjourned. The conciliatory meeting is to reconvene by October 21 by 3.00 p.m after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. It is expected that ASUU will report back on its decision, in order to facilitate calling off their strike.
These were part of the agreements reached during the ongoing meeting between the FG and ASUU leadership on Thursday.
It would be recalled that (ASUU) commenced an indefinite strike on March 23, 2020 citing failure on the part of the federal government to honour the Memorandum of Action it signed in 2019.
Strike encouraging students’ recruitment into #EndSARS protests – Chris Ngige
Speaking earlier before going into a closed-door session, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said students were being recruited into the #EndSARS protests following the closure of universities occasioned by the ASUU strike.
He expressed the hope that ASUU would call off the strike soon, noting that the government had been finding ways to end the seven-month strike.
The government team was led by Ngige, his minister of state, Festus Keyamo (SAN), and others, while the ASUU delegation was led by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi.
Ngige said, “For the past one week, we have all been on our toes; we have been meeting and we pray that this meeting will yield some good fruits.