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Earned Allowances: Nigerian govt to pay varsity workers N22bn October ending – Ngige

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Earned Allowances: Nigerian govt to pay varsity workers N22bn October ending – Ngige

The federal government has announced that it will soon begin disbursing N30 billion revitalization funds to public universities.

Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige said this at the end of a closed-door conciliation meeting between the federal government and the University Academic Staff Union, ASUU, in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, around N22. 172 billion have been provided in the 2021 supplementary budget for the allowances deserved to all university workers.

The meeting was called by the Minister to assess the level of implementation of the MoU, the MoU, signed by both parties in December 2020 and the resolutions of the follow-up meeting, held on August 2.

Mr. Ngige said the meeting had fruitful deliberations and the six agenda items were dealt with in a satisfactory manner.

He assured the government was not dragging its feet on anything that would make the university system good, adding that it wanted public universities to be seen as suitable and appropriate places for learning and research.

The Minister reaffirmed the government’s commitment to raising the level of the country’s university system.

“The Buhari administration will try as much as possible, within its limited resources, to make a significant contribution to the development of the university system,” he said.

On the issue of revitalization funds for public universities, he noted that the meeting had received an update from the National Universities Commission, NUC and the Federal Ministry of Education.

According to him, they are happy that the mission entrusted to them has gone satisfactorily.

Mr. Ngige said that the NUC and the Federal Ministry of Education have done their mission by bringing universities to come and defend the various allocations allocated to them according to the needs of the universities.

“A monitoring committee has also been set up by the NUC. We are delighted and hope that the disbursement of revitalization funds will begin very soon, ”he added.

On the issue of allowances earned, Ngige said the meeting was also satisfied with the work NUC is doing in compartmentalizing payments based on existing universities and unions.

He said N22. 172 billion have been provided in the 2021 supplementary budget for the allowances deserved to all university workers.

Mr Ngige expressed optimism that payments to individual universities would start very soon, as the meeting had set a timeline for payment to start no later than October 30.

He said they received the report from the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, on ASUU’s preferred payment platform known as the University Transparency Solution System, UTAS. .

“We are also satisfied with the report they gave. We asked them to liaise with ASUU and NUC, to work on this system for user deployment as soon as possible, ”he said.

According to Ngige, the meeting reviewed the promotion arrears and other overdue payments of university professors and gave the end-October timetable for the problems to be resolved once and for all by the universities.

He said it would allow those affected to enjoy the fruits of their promotion.

Regarding the shortfalls in payments, he said the meeting urged the IPPIS office to have a model and liaise with vice chancellors and university bursars to hold a discussion next week.

According to him, this will ensure the development of a foolproof model that will allow those affected to get their wages.

“We know from a reliable source that some university professors have not been paid for several months, due to problems with incomplete data.

“We have asked the IPPIS office to collect this data as soon as possible, to ensure that these university professors are paid.

“A worker must receive his salary. As a government, we don’t agree with using issues of incomplete data to hold back workers’ wages for months.

“We think that should be fixed as well. We have given a timetable at the end of the month to do it, ”said Mr. Ngige.

He said the meeting called on the Federal Ministry of Education to speed up the renegotiation process, so that the proceeds of the renegotiation reach the government for consideration.

The minister said the meeting also agreed on the areas of the collective bargaining agreement, CBA, contained therein for speedy implementation and enforcement.

ASUU National President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke expressed the hope that all issues would be resolved quickly, for the benefit of the children, the university system and the country in general.

Nigeria‘s news agency, NAN, reports that Peter Yerima-Tarfa, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, and Professor Abubakar Rasheed, NUC Executive Secretary, were present at the meeting.

Others were representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education, the IPPIS Office and the National Wages, Incomes and Wages Commission, NSIWC.

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