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ASUU Brace up for Strike as they Await 40 Billion

The heads of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it await the release of the 40 billion earned allowance the Federal Government promised the union, 12 days after it called off the nine-month strike.

The federal government, they said, has also failed to continue payment of the withheld salaries of their members that are not enrolled on the ever controversial Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) after paying two months in December.

Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU) called off its strike on December 23, 2020, after struking a deal with the federal government team, led by the minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, on December 22.

As a hope of good fate, the federal government paid two months of the six months withheld salaries of ASUU members, since March last year, leaving four months arrears (backlog of payment).

According to the Memorandum of Action signed between the federal government and ASUU leadership at the meeting on December 22, the Federal Government agreed to release N40 billion to ASUU as earned allowance on or before December 31, 2020.

The government, through the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation was also supposed to continue the payment of the withheld salaries of the union members after the minister of labour Chris Ngige got a special waiver from President Muhammadu Buhari to that effect.

But an ASUU leader told NairaGists on Monday in Abuja that the government had missed two timelines in the December 22, 2020 Memorandum of Action with the failure to pay the N40 billion EAA and another tranche of the withheld four months salaries.

The ASUU chieftain said: “Some timelines have been missed already. EAA was supposed to be paid on or before December 31, 2020. It was not paid.

“Another two months (withheld salary) was supposed to be paid with the December salary. The December salary has been paid to others but academic workers who are not registered on IPPIS have not received anything.”

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