The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on Tuesday outlined the Federal Governmentโ€™s efforts to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities on February 14.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja,ย Adamu said the government had offered the union a 23.5 percent salary increase โ€œfor all category of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35% upward review.โ€

Adamu said the government had also promised that a sum of N150 billion โ€œshall 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.โ€

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Also, the government pledged a sum of N50 billion that would be provided โ€œfor in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances, to be paid in the First Quarter of the year.โ€

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However,ย ASUU and three other university unions who had been on strike, rejected the offer, Minister Adamu said, describing it โ€œas inadequate to meet their respective demands needed to tackle the challenges confronting the university system.โ€

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According to an ASUU source, the union is seeking over a 100 percent increase in salaries.

While other unions โ€“ NASU, SSANU and NAAT โ€“ have subsequently suspended their industrial action after further negotiations with the government, ASUU has instead extended its strike indefinitely.

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โ€œWe have done the best that we can in the circumstance,โ€ the Minister said.

Meanwhile,ย the Minister said the issue of โ€˜no work, no payโ€™ remains a major obstacle in the negotiations.

โ€œIn the spirit of sincerity, Government made it clear that it would not break the law,โ€ Minister Adamu said.

โ€œAnd on this, I must, openly and once again, thank all the Unions which made the sacrifice of understanding the position of Government on the matter.โ€

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