The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the nationwide strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) still insists that the Federal Government should pay the revitalization fund.
Speaking on Wednesday, January 23, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU, stated that N50 billion is the least amount for the first quarter of 2019 the union is asking from the FG as revitalization fund.
Ogunyemi, on the FG’s claim that it had released a sum of N15.4 billion as part of shortfall in the payment of salaries of lecturers, said: “We are yet to confirm that as of Wednesday.
“The implication of this is that for some years now, public university lecturers have not been receiving full salaries, let alone earned allowances.”
The Minister of Labor and Employment, had on Monday, January 21, claimed that the ministry of finance and the office of the accountant-general of the federation had remitted N15.4 billion before the end of the 2018 budget for that purpose.
However, Ogunyemi insisted that members of the union have not yet verified the truth of the claim.
“It is central to our work. That is what we agreed on fix our laboratories, to stock our libraries, to repair damaged equipment, to make our studios and workshops functioning and all that.
“These are specific issues outlined in the NEEDS Assessment Report; that the revitalization fund will need to address. And this is to the benefit of students and our public universities as well as economy at large.
“So, even if government addresses other issues, including earned allowances and granting of permanent NUPEMCO license, without the revitalization, ASUU won’t shift ground,” he said.
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