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ASUU gets N30bn allowance

The federal government has agreed to release N30 billion as a part payment of the earned academic allowances (EAA) to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige said at the end of a meeting between both parties on Friday in Abuja.

The academic union had embarked on strike since March over unpaid allowances and the government’s insistence to enroll on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

“The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) was committed to release N30 billion on or before Nov. 6. TheThe remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022 respectively.

The minister said the process of mainstreaming the EAA into the annual budget using the agreed formula would be activated, saying the National Universities Commission (NUC) and ministry of education are to coordinate immediately and be concluded by November 6.

Both parties, however, failed to agree on how the payment will be made to ASUU members during the transitional period of University Transparency Account System (UTAS) tests, which the government again appealed to them to enroll on IPPIS.

It added that they can thereafter be migrated to UTAS whenever certified digitally efficient and effective with accompanying security coverage, the Minister added.

ASUU maintained that given its invention of UTAS, it should be exempted from IPPIS in the transition period.

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