Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator. Chris Ngige has said that the Federal Government would source for N8 billion within five weeks to pay the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities.

Ngige said it was the resolution reached at a conciliation meeting with the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities in Abuja.

According to report, the resolution was jointly signed by Ngige, Mr. Sani Suleiman, NAAT President; Mr. Peters Adeyemi, NASU General Secretary; Mr. Samson Ugwoke, SSANU President; and Prof. Anthony Anwukah, Minister of State for Education.

Ngige also said that part of the N8 billion would be used to pay members of the Academic Staff Universities (ASUU), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), and the University of llorin (UNILORIN), who were not paid at the last disbursement.

This is taking into consideration the observations of JAC of NAAT, NASU and SSANU with a view to ensuring that it complies with the National Industrial Court (NIC) judgment,” he said.

He also added that no worker would be victimised on account of the industrial action. Ngige said that government and JAC leadership have agreed that the ongoing strike would be suspended by March 14, after due consultation with their National Executive Councils (NECs).

He also said that the National Salaries Income and wages Commission was to rework the Dec. 15 Call Circular on University Staff Schools.

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