– The federal government has said that it has resolved all outstanding issues with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
– This was the position of Sonny Echono, the permanent secretary, federal ministry of education on Monday, June 24
– Echono said that the federal government has begun the payment of N25 billion earned academic allowances of members of ASUU
The payment of N25 billion earned academic allowances of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has kicked off by the federal government.
This was confirmed in Abuja on Monday, June 24, by Sonny Echono, the permanent secretary, federal ministry of education, The Nation reports.
Echono said that the federal government has resolved all issues related to the said allowance of members of ASUU, adding that the delay in payment was due to the union’s mistrust.
He said: “They fought for an increase in amount and which union should get more, academic or non academic. They said until it is complete they didn’t want to be paid in batch.
“Initially, N20 billion was agreed but at the last minute before they signed, they pushed for 25 billion. But N20 billion was released and they were holding on, believing that if they collect the N20 billion government will not bring the N5 billion.
“There was a whole long issue on that but we have got Mr. President to approve the additional N5 billion. This has been resolved and payment has commenced.”
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