The Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education, Aminu Suleiman, has given additional clarifications on the settlement reached by the Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), amidst the looming strike motion.
Speaking on Channels TVs Politics Today on Friday, the lawmaker mentioned: “N200 billion was agreed upon which is to be paid in tranches and that is to commence with the payment of N30 billion. ASUU argued that two months after the agreed debt, government has not paid a kobo into that agreement.
“That matter was reviewed and government, through the Minister of Finance, assured that the government is ready to pay now.
“They are only waiting for advice from the ministry for how this money will go round and who will get what,” he added.
Suleiman’s feedback come a day after ASUU agreed to renegotiate its preliminary settlement with the Federal Government on the revitalisation of universities.
Present on the assembly had been the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed and Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on the National Assembly.
The assembly got here on the heels of ASUU’s announcement that it’s contemplating embarking on one other strike over unpaid advantages and the revitalisation of universities.
The renegotiation course of is predicted to start in a single week after Minister Nwajiuba mentioned the 1.3 trillion naira at present being demanded is unrealistic.
The finance minister additionally assured that inside one week the earned allowances and the wage shortfall points can be addressed.