Lecturers Get N34 billion Minimum Wage Upfront, Federal Government; ASUU
The federal government of Nigeria has said it will pay approximately N34 billion as upfront minimum wage significant adjustments in the schooling sector useful from 2019.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. Chris Ngige stated that this was to fix the lingering crisis in the educational sector.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. Chris Ngige made this known while conversing with reporters on the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and others on Tuesday 24th May 2022 in Abuja Nigeria.
The Minister stated that the legatees of the minimum wage resulting adjustments contained the members of the unique the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and their partners in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education in the country.
According to the honorable minister Mr. Chris Ngige, universities will get N23.5 billion, polytechnics N6 billion, and Colleges of Education N4 billion, getting the total aggregate to N33.5 billion.
The Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, while providing an update on the continuing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said representatives were put up during the last triple conjunction of the Federal government and university-based unions in Nigeria.
The honorable minister Mr, Ngige told them they were issued four days to turn in their statement, meanwhile, they were still working and their statements were being expected at the end of this week before they take any more action. he added.
“Furthermore the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) of ASUU and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) of the non-teaching staff.
“They began the testing earlier Thursday 19 May 2022. The National Salaries, Wages and Incomes Commission (NSWIC) has disseminated its own revision booklets. He said.
“ All those panels are working. The one on National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is pushing the three fora, the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS). The honorable minister said.
“Also the unions even have duplicates to take consideration of commitment and hazard assistance wherever it has not been adequately charged,” Mr. Chris Ngige, said.
The honorable minister Mr. Chris Ngige confirmed that there might probably be wage adjustments as the Federal government strengthened its efforts to streamline wages via the National Salaries, Earnings, and Wages Commission. He said.
The Minister said “For instance, we have accomplished for police. It wasn’t envisaged that we should do it in pockets. But as you can see the police have been accomplished and everything is working fine with them now. he added
“You can also see university lecturers declaring that their own should be accomplished as soon as possible since we have done that of police. that is the reason, something is being done. this was part of the 2009 negotiation they had with the Federal government then. he said.
According to the honorable minister Mr. Chris Ngige According to the honorable minister Mr. Chris Ngige “So, the representatives of Prof. Briggs is working so well on it and they should be a good outcome as we expected, in discussing with the university unions and their employer, the Federal Ministry of Education. They will carry up something for the Federal government to see and hold on to.
He also said “There are additional individuals. The doctors are grumbling about brain drain, so many complain different from a corner, this and that. Their hazard budget has to be connected and it was handled by near to 300%
“From we increase from N5,000 paid across the board per individual, the smallest person in the health sector is earning N15,000, and t the bigger ones are earning N45,000. So, that is the quantum leap,
The minister, therefore,beged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based associations to stop their strike so that academic exercises could continue once also in public universities across the nation. Mr. Chris Ngige said