FG is unable to concede to the ASUU request of N110billion revitalization funds due to COVID19—Labour Minister

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FG is unable to concede to the ASUU request of N110billion revitalization funds due to COVID19—Labour Minister

 



The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige has disclosed that the federal government is unable to admit to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) demand of N110billion revitalization funds due to COVID19.

While addressing journalists on Wednesday following another round of meeting between ASUU and FG which ended without a concrete resolution, Ngige stated that that the Federal Government is instead willing to release N30billion.

He revealed that ASUU is aiming to take the entire N30billion, ignoring the needs of other unions in the Universities.

There are three issues and these include the revitalisation fund where government offered ASUU N20 billion, on good faith based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into in 2013 as a result of the renegotiation with the then government in 2009.

“This government is not against revitalisation but this government says that because of the dare economic situation due to COV1D-19, we cannot really pay in the N110 billion which they are demanding for revitalisation.

“ASUU is saying that the N30 billion should be for lecturers alone, irrespective of the fact that there are three other unions. So there is a little problem there. We do not have any money to offer apart from this N30 billion,” he said.

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