Adamu Adamu who is the Nigerian Minister of Education, has come out to note that the Federal Government of Nigeria can only afford a 23.5% salary increase for lecturers.
However, it has also been announced that the Nigerian Professors will get a 35% increment as well.
Adamu had also mentioned this during a meeting on Tuesday with some of the vice-chancellors and other university stakeholders.
The minister noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had warned against signing agreements which the government will not be able to meet.
Adamu said, ”The Federal Government can only afford a 23.5% salary increase for all categories of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35% upward review.
“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.”
He also said, “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”
In another report, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has knocked and has discouraged the state universities to desist from any notion that could lead to the state institute joining the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU in other ongoing industrial actions.
In order to do this, the leadership of the Nigerian students’ union requested state university instructors to immediately distance themselves from the action and return to work, describing their behavior as ‘unpatriotic and wicked.’
In a statement in this regard issued yesterday, Sunday Asefon, president of NANS, claimed that ASUU had lost the trust of Nigerian students due to their unpatriotic behavior in extending their walkout indefinitely.
Asefon indicated that because the union was acting unfairly, students would no longer back its plea for mediation.
Asefon claimed that because ASUU retains employment at numerous private colleges around the nation, the intention to sustain the industrial action beyond six months was simple for them.