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The Federal Government has settled ASUU by releasing N16.8billion to pay outstanding salary arrears of staff in the country’s tertiary institutions. The minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, discloses this during the “Sixth Edition of the Ministerial Press Briefing in Abuja.”

The minister said that the Government had resolved all issues and awaits the academic unions also to call off strike in the coming days, especially ASUP and ASUU.

Academic Staffs Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) had been on strike ever since December 12, while the Academic Staffs Union of Universities (ASUU) started Nov.4

He further stated that Federal Governments had reconciled in the areas of Review of Polytechnic Acts, adding that it was waiting for National Assemblies to transmit the amends the documents to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent. Others, he said, were revitalization of polytechnics and colleges of education, renegotiation of the 2010 agreements, saying that Government was committed to the revitalization of facilities in its public tertiary institutions. Adamu also said that the Federal Government had directed the Minister of Finance to source for additional funding to the tune of N30 billion for the purpose, with particular reference to polytechnics and colleges of education.

“Also for state-owned polytechnics; the National Board for Technical Education has been directed to strengthen their regulatory mechanisms including developing a fresh templates for accreditations to address observed weaknesses of the union. “And to ensure that proprietors of polytechnics, including states and private owners, meet their obligations to their staff. “Again, as a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to continuous dialogue with the staff unions, the ministry will provide alternative funding for the stalled renegotiations in the polytechnics sub- sector.

“The National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education have also been directed to ensure compliance with the approved schedules of meetings with their respective Unions,’’ he said. Similarly, Adamu noted that the government team had reached agreements with ASUU, as they hope for academic activities to also resume in universities’/institution campuses across the whole country without further delays. He, however, commends the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Unions (COEASU) for calling off the strike in order to allow the students in colleges of education to get back to academic activities.

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