Conciliatory meeting held yesterday, Thursday, October aimed at putting an end to the strike action embarked upon by university lecturers has been adjourned to October 21.
While Mr Ngige led the federal government’s team, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the representatives of the lecturers’ union. Although the Conciliatory meeting could not achieve the suspension of the strike, it concluded on the funding for revitalisation of public universities, according to a statement by the labour ministry.
“Government, in spite of the Economic downturn as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, brought an offer of N20 Billion (Twenty Billion Naira) payable by the end of January 2021 and ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday 21st October, 2020.”
Also, in response to the demand by ASUU for the payment of the Earned Allowance due from 2019, totalling N40 Billion, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) committed to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.
He added that the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022 respectively.