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FG Reveals When Students Will Return To Class

FG Reveals When Students Will Return to Class

The Federal Government Of Nigeria has said that talks with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have so far been fruitful, expressing optimism that the ongoing strike by the university teachers, will soon be called off so that students can go back to school.

According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, "Chris Ngige", this is based on the FG’s consideration of some of ASUU’s demands, which included the submission of the union’s list of outstanding payments, and the identification of some areas in the universities in need of revitalisation as contained in the signed 2009 agreement.

Mr. Ngige said: 

There are areas that are still outstanding which we are going to address soon. 

We have the issue of shortfall of salaries, that of some federal university workers. ASUU has given a list to the office of the Accountant General.

“We agreed that by Wednesday that the list will be checked to find out really whether those universities were actually paid and they have to be visited and paid the outstanding lecturers there. 
So, the Accountant General’s office is to come back to us.

“We have also the issue of Earned Academic Allowance and the issue of revitalisation. 
These are issues of 2009 agreement. 
We will look into the consideration and we have identified one area of the fund for revitalisation.

“The federal government organs will be contacted and we do expect that we will have some words for ASUU. 
Same goes for the earned allowances. 
We will make sure that the issue of the outstanding amounts is handled in a way that all parties will be properly accommodated 

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