GOOD NEWS: ASUU/FG: FG Approves N130 Billion For Infrastructure, Allowances

Government of the Federation on Friday announced the release of  N30 billion to 61 universities in the country to execute projects and pay of allowances.

The former Senate President made this known during a meeting with Pro-Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of Public Universities.

Anyim said N100 billion is to resolve infrastructure deficits and N30 billion for earned allowances for university staff.

He also narrated how much of the 2009 agreement the federal government has fulfilled, especially its efforts to resolve the bone of contention- the earned allowances by staff.

“From the foregoing, it is obvious that the Federal Government has demonstrated sufficient commitment to the implementation of the 2009 FG/ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) Agreement.

“By this, it is clear demonstration of commitment to revitalise the university system, government hereby, urges every staff of the nation’s universities to return to work as all issues are being resolved.

“With particular reference to the contentious issue of “Earned Allowance’’, every staff of the universities that is so entitled should verify his claim with his university council and accordingly get paid.

“President Goodluck Jonathan is fully committed to bringing the students back to school and appreciates the patience of parents and students.

“Government is making every effort to revitalise the university system, ’’ Anyim said.

Also, Prof. Kimse Okoro, the Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities, commended the government for its efforts.

Okoro called on chancellors to use the funds judiciously and appealed to ASUU to show some understanding.

Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, the Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State Universities, said that the institutions would put more efforts to ensure that regulations were followed.

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