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Federal Govt Makes Move to End ASUU, ASUP Strikes, Begins Payment of Arrears


In a bid to end the industrial actions by both the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), the Federal Government has commenced the payment of minimum wage arrears, which it owed the lecturers.

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The National President of ASUP, Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, and the Chairman, ASUU FUTMinna, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, confirmed this in separate interviews with our PUNCH correspondent in Abuja on Thursday.

Recall the the two unions are currently on strike following the inability of the government to meet their demands including the payment of minimum wage arrears and release of revitalisation funds, among others.

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While ASUU commenced its strike on February 14, 2022, ASUP is currently on an initial two-week warning strike.

Confirming the payment on Thursday, Ezeibe, however, said that was just the beginning.

He said, “The government has started responding. They just started paying the salary/minimum wage arrears, the one they have refused to pay.

“However, that is just one of the demands, so we have not reached anywhere. They have not attended to the others, but I can confirm that people have started receiving alerts of the arrears owed.”

Also, Bolarin, said, “Some of my members got alert of their minimum wage arrears; their salaries are still pending."

Source: The Punch


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