FG will only afford 23.5% salary for lecturers, 35% increment for Professionals – Edu Minister

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By Joy Odor

The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu has confirmed that the Federal Government will only afford 23.5 percent salary increase for lecturers, while professors will enjoy a 35 per cent increment.

Alhaji Adamu who disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking during a meeting with Pro-Chancellors, Vice Chancellors of public universities and Nigerian government said President Muhammadu Buhari had warned against signing agreements which the government will not be able to meet.

According to him, the Federal Government can only afford a 23.5% salary increase for all category of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for the professionals cadre which will enjoy a 35% upward review.

The Minister affirmed that henceforth, allowances that pertain to ad-hoc duties of the academic and non-academic staff shall be paid as at when due by the Governing Councils of Universities to which such services are rendered and to the staff who perform
them.

He said a sum of 150 billion Naira shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget as funds for the revitalization of Federal Universities, to be disbursed to the Institutions in the First Quarter of the year, and a sum of 50 billion Naira shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances, to be paid in the First Quarter of the year.

“We have done the best that we can in the circumstance. After Inter-ministerial consultations and rounds of hard negotiations with all government agencies, we interacted with the Unions. I personally, gave it all it required to resolve the current challenges. I met the Unions anywhere and everywhere possible with facts, with figures, and with absolute sincerity. For example, I directly met with ASUU leadership in my house, in my office and at the ASUU Secretariat on several different occasions, in addition to other formal engagements going on.

“To be frank with all the Unions, especially with ASUU, one major issue over which Government and the Unions could not reach amicable agreement was the issue of the law on “No work, No pay”. In the spirit of sincerity, Government made it clear that it would not break the law. And on this, I must, openly and once again, thank all the Unions which made the sacrifice of understanding the position of Government on the matter,” he stressed

Shortly after the meeting, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof Peter Okebukola disclosed that government was ready to take all steps to ensure that university lecturers return to the classrooms and expressed worry over the shut-down of the universities.

Prof Okebukola promised that the dark cloud would soon clear as lecturers would in no time resume work.

The meeting therefore resulted in the setup of a 14-man Committee to look into the grey areas of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) demands

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