Federal Government has agreed to release 30 billion Naira as part payment of the Earned Academic Allowances to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said this at the end of a meeting between the Federal Government and ASUU in Abuja.
He noted that the process of mainstreaming of the allowance into annual budget using the agreed formula shall be activated.
He also said that the NUC and Ministry of Education are to coordinate the activation process immediately and should be concluded by the 6th of November 2020.
The minister also said that both parties agreed on the issue of funding for the revitalisation of public universities.
He said that ASUU also agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by the 21st of October.
On the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the meeting was informed that ASUU has met its timeline regarding the first stage of the initial demonstration of the efficacy of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to government.
The meeting also agreed that if UTAS passed all the integrity test, which involve the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), it would be adopted for the payment of the University staff.
The meeting is to reconvene on Oct. 21 for ASUU to report back on the decision of her National Executive Council (NEC), in order to facilitate the calling off of their strike.