ASUU strike: FG agrees to release N30bn earned allowance, others

University students may be set for resumption, as the Federal Government has agreed to pay N30bn earned academic allowance to the university lecturers, Checkout Magazine learnt.

Agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities meant the money will be paid in tranches between May 2021 and February 2022.

Other agreements also include the allocation of N20bn on the revitalisation of the education sector as part of requisites for the end to the seven-month strike declared by union.

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.

His words: “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.

“We don’t take very great pleasure, the fact that the children who are supposed to be in school are being recruited into the #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT and all the kind of situations. As much as possible, we will try to see how we can meet ourselves halfway.”

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.



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