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FG promises to release N40bn earned academic allowance to ASUU

Federal Government meets with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Promises to pay N40 billion, being the pending Earned Academic Allowance, EAA, of University teachers.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige while presenting the outcome of the meeting between the government and the university teachers.

As seen in the statement addressed by the Deputy Director/Head Press, the Minister stated that out of the N40 billion pending Earned Academic Allowance, N30 billion would be paid on or before 6th November, while the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid on May 2021 and February 2022.

He said that the government’s commitment to pay was in response to “the demand by ASUU for the payment of two tranches of EAA which accumulate to N40 billion that has become overdue since November 2019.”

He said:

“The meeting also agreed that if UTAS passes all the different stages of the integrity test, which would involve the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), and after ascertaining its efficacy, it would be adopted for the payment of the University staff.”

“Government also offered to pay, by the end of January 2021, the sum of N20 billion as funding for the revitalization of public universities, as well as seek for sources of alternative and additional funding of the university system, among other conclusions.”

Earlier, the Minister had expressed belief that the series of recent meetings, including the one convened on Tuesday by the Senate President, and activities such as the integrity test on UTAS done on Wednesday, would all culminate in the resolution of the crisis.

“At the meeting with the Senate President, we agreed on a work plan to achieve full conciliation so that students would go back to school.

“With the work done so far, both at the meeting with the Senate President and at the test run of the UTAS done at the Accountant-General’s office on Wednesday, we believe we will be able to break the ice.”

He explained that UTAS was designed strictly for the University system and could only be applied there, emphasising that Government never said it would use it to replace IPPIS.

“The situation is that the University system developed and configured UTAS to accommodate the peculiarities of that system as it affects the academic and even the non-academic staff.”

The Minister also explained that the Government’s condition for considering UTAS as a suitable payment system for the University has always been that it would necessarily undergo three stages of the integrity test.

Ngige disclosed that the first leg of the test had been done on Wednesday, while the two remaining stages would be done subsequently.

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