Nigeria’s Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige, has stated that the Federal Government cannot meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) due to a lack of funds.
According to Ngige, the government was considering a renegotiation of the terms of the agreement with ASUU, in a bid to end the lingering crisis.
Ngige, who stated this while appearing on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television monitored by VANTAGE NEWS on Thursday, added that he does not believe that the government has not fulfilled its side of the agreement.
He said, “I am hoping that ASUU should do the right thing and contact their members on the renegotiations that we have had in the last two weeks. First, the issue of earned academic allowances, we have agreed, giving a timeline to the NUC to go back to the old template used in working out the 2021 earned academic allowance – 10.8 per cent of personnel cost.
“We want them to go back very quickly and use that same formula and get us what we are supposed to pay in 2022. That is agreed by everybody.”
Commenting on the revitalization of the universities, Ngige said “the amount is not very clear, what has been paid.” He said the actual amount paid is being determined.
Ngige noted that the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration promised ASUU N1.3tn, adding that oil was selling between $100 and $120 per barrel during that time.
On the agreement between 2016 and 2017, Ngige said, “The government now says ‘we don’t have the money to pay it.’ This was the agreement between 2016 and 2017.”
“Unless you want us to go and take money from TETFUND and deceive you as it was done in that period, and place it for you on the table,” he added.
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