EducationLabourNewsStrike: Federal Government Commence Payment Minimum Wage Arrears To Lecturers

The Federal Government has commenced the payment of minimum wage arrears; it owed lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Academic Staff Union of Universities as part of efforts to end ongoing strikes by the unions.

The National President of ASUP, Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, and the Chairman, ASUU FUT Minna, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, confirmed this in separate interviews with The PUNCH in Abuja on Thursday, saying it was just the beginning.

Recall that the two unions are currently on strike following the inability of the government to meet their demands including the payment of minimum wage arrears and release of revitalization funds, among others.

ASUU commenced strike on February 14, 2022, while ASUP is currently on an initial two-week warning strike.

“The government has started responding. They just started paying the salary/minimum wage arrears, the one they have refused to pay.

“However, that is just one of the demands, so we have not reached anywhere. They have not attended to the others, but I can confirm that people have started receiving alerts of the arrears owed.” he said.

Meanwhile, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology’s management has announced that the school would resume academic activities on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

The Registrar of the school, Kayode Ogunleye, in a circular said: “Upon the directive of the visitor to the university, the management hereby informs all staff and students that the university will continue its academic activities for the first

“The amended academic calendar for the session will soon be made available. Staff and students are hereby enjoined to abide by this directive.”

The President, National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday Asefon, on Thursday led university students in Ekiti State to protest continuous closure of public universities in the state over the industrial action embarked upon by ASUU.

Asefon, who said he joined the protest organised by NANS/ Joint Campus Committee, Ekiti axis to compel the Federal Government to hearken to the striking university teachers’ demands in solidarity, said, “The rally being planned by NANS national body is coming soon. I decided to join this because I am from Ekiti and I have to partake in solidarity.”

Asefon, who lamented that the country’s education was being stifled by protracted closure of universities, said, “What we are saying is that we are tired of staying at home. Our students want to return to school.”

The protest carried out by students from Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti and Federal University, Oye Ekiti caused discomfort along major roads in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, as the students trekked from the Adebayo area to Fajuyi Park in the heart of the city as they mounted barricades at intervals along Ado – Adebayo – Iworoko Road.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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