By Linda Ike
The Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu said the Federal Government’s efforts to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been unsuccessful.
Adamu who stated this at a press conference in Abuja said the government had offered the Union a 23.5 percent salary increase “for all category of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35% upward review.”
He said the Government had also promised that a sum of N150 billion “shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget as funds for the revitalization of Federal Universities, to be disbursed to the Institutions in the First Quarter of the year.”
According to him, the government also pledged a sum of N50 billion that would be provided “for in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances, to be paid in the First Quarter of the year.
Mr. Adamu said, ASUU and three other University Unions who had been on strike, rejected the offer, saying, it is inadequate to meet their respective demands needed to tackle the challenges confronting the University system.”
Currentnews.com.ng learnt that the Union is seeking over a 100 percent increase in salary.
ASUU has extended its strike indefinitely while Others have subsequently suspended their industrial action after further negotiations with the government, e
The Minister said the issue of ‘no work, no pay’ remains a major obstacle in the negotiations.
He stated, “In the spirit of sincerity, Government made it clear that it would not break the law,” Minis C: Oil theft: FG dissolves anti-vandal units nationwide”.
He insisted that the Federal Government has done it’s best to resolve the issue but ASUU has rejected every offer by the Government.