Federal Government Initiates Payment of ASUU’s Withheld Salaries

By Milcah Tanimu

As of February 19, 2024, the Federal Government has commenced the payment of withheld salaries to academics represented by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), according to multiple sources in the academic sector.

Professor Gbolahan Bolarin, the ASUU chairperson at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, confirmed the news, stating, “Yes, it is true. Payment has started rolling in.”

This development comes after President Bola Tinubu approved the release of four out of the eight months’ worth of salaries that were withheld during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, who invoked a ‘No Work, No Pay’ policy amid an eight-month strike by university-based unions in 2022.

Additionally, Minister Mamman disclosed that the government has granted autonomy to universities by removing them from the Integrated Payment and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), thereby eliminating the need for a waiver to recruit and fill vacancies.

These decisions were reached through informal consultations with unions in tertiary institutions, with further details expected to be provided later.


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