FG offers ASUU N65bn to end strike
The federal government has offered the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) N65bn to resolve the ongoing strike that has lasted 10 months.
The Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, made the proposal on behalf of the government to the striking speakers when they met in Abuja on Friday, November 20.
He said the negotiation was fruitful as the government has decided to change ground on persistent problems that have kept students out of the classroom for several months.
Ngige told reporters that the General Accountant of the Federation (AGF) has offered to release 40 billion naira or alternatively 35 billion naira to be shared by all registered unions in universities after providing the necessary evidence of have won the assignment.
“The FG reiterated that its offer of N40 billion or 35 billion, whichever is accepted by ASUU, was for all university unions: ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions.”
The Minister, who indicated that all rectors must submit details of the EAA / EA to the National University Commission (NUC) on or before November 30, added that the Federal Ministry of Labor and the Federal Ministry of Education will review the issue of “No work, no pay” as stipulated in Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act, Chapter T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, with a view to obtaining approval for the payment of withheld wages.