ASUU, polytechnic lecturers, others to get N34bn minimum wage adjustment arrears –FG

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From Adanna Nnamani, Abuja

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has disclosed that the Federal Government will pay N34 billion to lecturers as part of the ongoing payment of minimum wage consequential arrears from 2019.

Ngige made the disclosure while responding to questions from newsmen at the third national productivity summit in Abuja, yesterday.

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He said beneficiaries of the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments included the members of the striking ASUU and their counterparts in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

According to Ngige, the universities will get N23.5 billion, the polytechnics N6 billion and the Colleges of Education N4 billion, bringing the total sum to N33.5 billion.

The minister, while giving update on the ongoing striking, said committees were set up during the last tripartite meeting of the government and university based unions.

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He said they were given a fortnight to turn in their report, adding they were still working and the reports of the committees were being expected at  the end of the week.

“Those committees are working. The one on NITDA is testing the three platforms, the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

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“Also  the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) of ASUU and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) of the non-teaching staff.

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“They have started the testing last Thursday. The National Salaries, Wages and Incomes Commission (NSWIC) has issued their amendment circulars.

“The unions also have copies to take care of responsibility and hazard allowances wherever it has not been properly captured.’’

He assured that there might likely be wage adjustments as the government intensified efforts to streamling wages through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

“For example, we have done for police . It wasn’t envisaged that we should do it in pockets. But you can see that police has been done.

“You can also see university teachers saying that their own should be done immediately, since we have done police. So, something is being done. It was part of the 2009 negotiation they had with the government then.

“So, the committee of Prof. Briggs is on it, discussing with the university unions and their employer, the Federal Ministry of Education. They will bring up something for government to see.

“There are other people. The doctors are complaining about brain-drain, this and that. Their hazard allowance has to be touched and it was touched by close to 300 per cent.From N5, 000 paid across board for each person, the least person in the health sector is getting N15, 000, while the big ones are getting N45, 000. So, that is the quantum leap.’’

He appealed to ASUU and other university-based unions to suspend their strike so that academic activities could resume once again in public universities across the country.

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