Federal Government agrees to pay striking lecturers N34bn

The Federal Government has agreed to release N34 billion minimum wage arrears Consequential Adjustments to the education sector effective from 2019. According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, who made the disclosure, this is aimed at resolving the lingering crisis in the education sector.

The minister explained that the beneficiaries of the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments included the members of the striking ASUU and their counterparts in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

He added that universities will get N23.5 billion, polytechnics will receive N6 billion, and the Colleges of Education N4 billion, bringing the total sum to N33.5 billion.

Ngige said the committees that were set up during the last meeting of the government and university-based unions were given two weeks to turn in their report which elapses at the end of the week, and appealed to ASUU and other university-based unions once more to suspend their strike so that academic activities could resume once again in public universities across the country

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