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FG Agrees To Pay N34bn Minimum Wage Arrears

The Federal Government says it will spend about N34 billion as arrears of Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments in the education sector effective from 2019.

Sen. Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and productivity,said that this was aimed at resolving the lingering crisis in the education sector.He made this known while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja over the prolonged strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Those to benefit from the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments include the members of the striking ASUU and their counterparts in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

According to Ngige, the universities will get N23.5 billion, the polytechnics N6 billion and the Colleges of Education N4 billion, bringing the total sum to N33.5 billion.

On the strike action, the minister The minister,said committees were set up during the last tripartite meeting of the government and university based unions and were given a fortnight to turn in their report, adding they were still working and the reports of the committees were being expected at the end of the week.

Those committees are working. The one on NITDA is testing the three platforms, the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

Also the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) of ASUU and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) of the non-teaching staff.

They started the testing last Thursday. The National Salaries, Wages and Incomes Commission (NSWIC) has issued their amendment circulars.

The unions also have copies to take care of responsibility and hazard allowances wherever it has not been properly captured.

Ngige gave assurance of wage adjustments as the government intensified efforts to streamline wages through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

The Prof. Briggs committee is discussing with the university unions and their employer, the Federal Ministry of Education inorder to come up with something for the government to see.

Doctors on the other hand are complaining about brain-drain, this and that. Their hazard allowance has to be touched and it was touched by close to 300 per cent.

From N5, 000 paid across board for each person, the least person in the health sector is getting N15, 000, while the big ones are getting N45, 000. So, that is the quantum leap.’’he added.

The minister therefore, appealed the union and others to suspend their strike so that academic activities could resume once again in public universities across the country.

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