The Federal Government said that it has done its own part by releasing up to N16.8 billion to settle outstanding salary arrears of staff in the country’s tertiary institutions, hence it is waiting for Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others to call off the lingering strike.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said in Abuja that disbursement is ongoing through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
He said, “Government had resolved all issues and await the academic unions to also call off their strike in the coming days, especially ASUU and ASUP.
“The Federal Government has reached agreement in the following areas: Review of Polytechnic Act which government awaits the transmittal of the amended document by the National Assembly to Mr. President for his assent; revitalisation of polytechnics and colleges of education, and renegotiation of the 2010 agreements,” he added.
The minister who insisted that government is committed to the revitalisation of facilities in its public tertiary institutions, said that by this agreement reached with ASUU, “we hoping that academic activities will also resume in universities’ campuses across the country without further delay.”
It could be recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has been on strike since December 12, while the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) started on Nov.4
Adamu further disclosed that the federal government had equally directed the Minister of Finance to source for additional funding to the tune of N30 billion for the purpose, with particular reference to polytechnics and colleges of education.
“Also for state owned polytechnics; the National Board for Technical Education has been directed to strengthen its regulatory mechanism including developing a new template for accreditation to address observed weaknesses.
“And to ensure that proprietors of polytechnics including states and private owners meet their obligations to their staff.
“Again as a demonstration of Government’s commitment to continuous dialogue with the staff unions, the ministry will provide alternative funding for the stalled renegotiations in the polytechnics sub- sector.
“The National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education have also been directed to ensure compliance with the approved schedules of meetings with their respective Unions,’’ he said.
He, then commended the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) for calling off its strike.