As the result from the outcome of the meeting held between the heads of ASUU and the Federal government on Monday 21st January, 163 billion has been released by the FG.
This was made known by the Minister of Labor and Employment; Chris while addressing a group of journalist after the closed door meeting with ASUU.
From the Ministers address it was deducted that the Federal government has released the sum of N163 billion from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to the universities.
He said this as thus:
“Today we have agreed to fund revitalisation.
“Government has released about N163 billion from TETFund account to universities.”
Over the weekend the President of ASUU Prof Ogunyemi announced the union will not call off the strike until the federal government pay the sum of N50 billion and other allowances which ran into N103 billion, and today the Federal government released N163 billion.
According to Ngige the Union have said they can only call off the strike after duly consulting with their members.
He states as thus:
“So, we have gotten some substantial agreement in most of the areas of the agreement.
“Most of the issues have being resolved, so they are going to go back to their members and present government’s offer to their council. ‘’
He further states that they are waiting for ASUU to get back after meeting with their members:
“So, we will be reconvening at the instance of ASUU. They said they want to go and consult with their members and they cannot call off the strike without consulting with their members,’’ he added.
He further states that even though the debts owed by the Federal government is an accumulated debt from the past administration, the Leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to clear all debts.
Ngige said the President instructed him to ensure that all issues with ASUU are resolved and strike suspended so that all students can go back to school.
“The president has directed me to pass the night here until all issues that have kept our children away from schools are resolved and strike called off.”
Although ASUU president Prof Ogunyemi acknowledged that the meeting was fruitful, he said there were some areas that still need to be looked into from what the federal government has offered.
“The most critical area is the revitalisation, because it is central to our work, as academics and unless that area is addressed our members will have issues with ongoing action.
“We also did not ask for N50 billion, we are saying that the minimum we expect government to release in order to reactive the revitalisation fund is N50 billion.
“So, the strike is still on,’’ he said.
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