Varsity, polytechnic, COE lecturers to get N34bn minimum wage adjustment arrears

THE Federal Government said yesterday  it would spend about N34 billion on the ongoing payment of minimum wage consequential adjustments to education sector workers with effect from 2019.

The beneficiaries include members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and their counterparts in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who disclosed this while responding to questions from labour correspondents in Abuja on the prolonged ASUU strike, said the universities would get N23.5 billion; polytechnics, N6 billion and Colleges of Education N4 billion, totalling about N34 billion.

Regarding the ASUU strike, the minister said the committees set up during the last tripartite plus meeting of the government and university-based unions were given a fortnight to turn in their report and were still working.

While noting that the reports of the committees were being expected this weekend, Ngige said:  “Those committees are working. The one on NITDA is testing the three platforms, the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, the ASUU University Transparency Accountability Solution, UTAS, and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System, U3PS, of the non-teaching staff.

“They started the testing last Thursday. The National  Salaries, Wages and Incomes Commission, NSWIC, has issued their amendment circulars. The unions also have copies to take care of responsibility and hazard allowances wherever it has not been properly captured.”

Ngige assured that there might likely be wage adjustments as government intensifies efforts to streamline wages through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission. “We have done police for example. It wasn’t envisaged that we should do it in pockets. But you can see that police’s own has been done. You can also see university teachers saying that their own should be done immediately, since we have done police.


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