Amidst ASUU Strike, FG agrees to salary increment for university lectures
Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, stated on Tuesday that the government could only afford to increase lecturers’ pay by 23.5%, while professors will receive a 35% raise.
The minister also mentioned that Major General Muhammadu Buhari, the President, had issued a warning against entering into agreements that the government would not be able to fulfill.
During the discussion with vice chancellors and other university system stakeholders, Adamu made this disclosure.
The professorial cadre, however, will receive a 35% pay raise, while the Federal Government can only afford a 23.5% compensation increase for other categories of employees in Federal Universities.
“Henceforth, allowances that pertain to ad-hoc duties of the academic and non-academic staff shall be paid as at when due by the Governing Councils of Universities to which such services are rendered and to the staff who perform them.
“That a sum of 150 billion Naira shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget as
funds for the revitalization of Federal Universities, to be disbursed to the
Institutions in the First Quarter of the year, and that a sum of 50 billion Naira shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances, to be paid
in the First Quarter of the year”.
The National Open University of Nigeria’s provost, Professor Peter Okebukola, commented at the conclusion of the meeting that the government was prepared to take extreme measures to guarantee that the university instructors returned to their places of employment.