FG Agrees to Pay ASUU Salary Arrears

FG Agrees to Pay ASUU Salary Arrears:

The PUNCH reliably gathered in Abuja that the Federal Government  was ready to pay the outstanding salary arrears of ASUU members.

It was learnt  that the government  also  reached an understanding with the union to pay the lecturers ‘salaries as a precondition to suspending  the strike.

A source privy to the agreement  said, “The Federal Government has agreed to pay the salary arrears. It is part of the understanding we reached.”

When asked by  one  of our correspondents  if the  government indeed accepted to pay the salary arrears of the lecturers,   Wike  replied,  “What is your problem? Has ASUU told you they have a problem with that?

“That they have called off the strike is the most important thing. For the other ones, leave the details for us. Any agreement we reached with ASUU must be honoured.”

The National Vice-president of ASUU, Mr. Biodun Ogunyemi, who was sighted at the NUC office in Abuja, refused to comment on the issue.

But  The PUNCH gathered that both parties decided to be silent on the issue because of the controversy the decision of the government to withhold the salaries generated.

But our source    said, “The Federal Government has agreed to pay the arrears immediately.”

• Agreement ’ll be fully implemented –FG

The  Federal Government, in a statement, reiterated its commitment to implementing all the items  contained in the agreement with ASUU.

In the  statement by Nwakaudu, the government  said  that  investing  N1.3tn (including the N200bn already released for this year) in  infrastructure  in  the  public universities  in the next six years would  transform them   into international centres of excellence.

Source: PUNCH Newspaper