FG To Clear Minimum Wage Arrears Of Varsity Workers

The Federal Government has said it will clear the arrears on the consequential adjustment on minimum wage owed to members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational an Associated Institutions (NASU) by end of October.

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Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed this at the end of a meeting between the Federal Government and the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the two unions, convened to examine the level of implementation of the Memorandum of Action, it signed with the unions in February, 2021.

Ngige commended the unions for their understanding and maturity in cooperating with government to resolve their issues, emphasising that government did not take them for granted.

In a statement on Saturday by Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Charles Akpan, the Minister disclosed the meeting was a continuation of an earlier one held on 25th February, 2021 at his instance, and at which agreements were reached on various issues concerning members of the unions.

Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed this at the end of a meeting between the Federal Government and the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the two unions, convened to examine the level of implementation of the Memorandum of Action, it signed with the unions in February, 2021.

Ngige commended the unions for their understanding and maturity in cooperating with government to resolve their issues, emphasising that government did not take them for granted.

In a statement on Saturday by Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Charles Akpan, the Minister disclosed the meeting was a continuation of an earlier one held on 25th February, 2021 at his instance, and at which agreements were reached on various issues concerning members of the unions.

He stated that the meeting agreed that the payment of the arrears be fast-tracked between now and the end of October, adding that arrears in salary and promotion had been captured in the 2021 Supplementary Budget.

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Ngige stated that it was not government’s intention to owe that payment, but that the delay was caused by the difficulty in getting the actual number of people qualified for the arrears, as a lot of people had joined the Service from 2020 up, while the period of the arrears spanned 19th April – 31st December, 2019.

On Earned Allowances by relevant organisations (universities, polytechnics, colleges of education), Ngige said the JAC would update the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the outstanding amount owed its members, while the NUC was given two weeks to do the appropriate reconciliation.

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Updated: August 28, 2021 — 8:08 am

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