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Federal Government Initiates Payment Of Withheld ASUU Salaries

In a significant development, the Federal Government has commenced the disbursement of withheld salaries to academics affiliated with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). 

Multiple sources within the academic sector verified this information  on Monday.

Prof. Gbolahan Bolarin, the Chairperson of ASUU at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, confirmed the initiation of payment, stating, “Yes, it is true. Payment has started rolling in.”

The release of these salaries follows President Bola Tinubu’s approval in October 2023, wherein four out of the eight months’ salaries withheld from ASUU workers were authorized.

 This action had been taken during the tenure of former President Muhammadu Buhari, who implemented a ‘No Work, No Pay policy’ in response to an eight-month strike by certain university-based unions in 2022.

Addressing recent developments, Minister of Education Tahir Mamman revealed that the government has increased university workers’ salaries by 35 percent.

 Additionally, he announced the grant of autonomy to universities by removing them from the Integrated Payment and Payroll Information System (IPPIS). 

Furthermore, Mamman emphasized that universities no longer require a waiver for recruitment and filling vacancies.

 These decisions were the result of informal consultations with unions affiliated with tertiary institutions.

 

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