The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has directed all officers to return to their duty post. The Union embarked on a one week warning strike last week Wednesday and was called off yesterday evening. The Federal Government of Nigeria in the statement made on Wednesday indicates that 7 out of the 8 demands by ASUU has been met but is unable to complete the latter’s final request.
Paying N284 billion allowance owed lecturers seems unachievable at the moment due to the ‘recession’ the country is battling.
Biodun Ogunyemi, the President of ASUU instructed all lecturers to return to office while negotiations with the Federal Government continues.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige said during the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, Abuja that “If we are in a recession and you are asking us to pay you N284 billion, nobody will pay it because the money is not there. He said the federal government has, however, offered to provide some money for the allowances “pending” when we finish auditing of the first tranche of money that has been given to them in that same area of earned allowances.That tranche of money that they collected is being audited, but the auditing process is very slow, because some people for some strange reasons are not allowing auditing to take place. So a time frame has been fixed of six months within which the auditing will be done”
So both parties have gone back to their principals,” he said. “ASUU has a principal which is the national executive body and government has come back to look at our finances viz a viz with the National Assembly which will appropriate that particular fund. Because for 2016 there is nothing in the budget for it. It will be done and appropriated as at when due. Next week, they (ASUU) will come back with their counter proposal”.
Source: Premium Times
D.M: Tranche is a slice, section or portion.