The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, makes a case for additional funds, the Federal Government has decided to release N20 billion for the revitalisation of public universities. The government also decided to release N30 billion to the Academic Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) as the Won Academic Allowance to call off their protest.
Around May 2021 and February 2022, the cash will be charged in tranches. N30 billion is for all public university trade unions in the world. These were some of the compromises reached at the government side meeting chaired by Minister of Labour and Jobs Chris Ngige on Thursday.
However, the conference failed to agree on an Effective Payroll Method for Workers (IPPIS). When its University Openness and Accountability Solution (UTAS) was completely operational, ASUU demanded that the deficit in wages of its representatives be compensated by the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), however the Federal Government team declined. This forced the contentious payroll program to stalemate.
The government team was headed by Ngige, his Minister of State, Festus Keyamo, and others, while its President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, headed the ASUU delegation. Ngige said he was hopeful the meeting would be successful before the meeting went into closed session.
Ngige said: “We’ve all been on our toes for the past week, we’ve been talking, and we hope that this talking will bring some good fruit.” We are not very happy that the kids who are meant to be in school are drafted into the # EndSARS, # EndStrike, # EndSWAT and all sorts of circumstances.
“To the best of our abilities, we will strive to see if we can reach halfway, so that we can overcome this situation for the good of everyone and the nation as a whole.”
Ogunyemi, president of ASUU, said that everyone had to look at the problems facing the university system as a national emergency in the world. He commended, among others, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Ngige and Federation Accountant-General Idris Ahmed for making the discussion possible.
Prof. Ogunyemi said: “We come here with an open mind and we need to record at the same time that our members out there are expecting a lot from this conference.” On March 23, 2020, ASUU launched an indefinite boycott, citing the federal government ‘s refusal to respect the Memorandum of Action it signed in 2019.