FG reaches agreement with striking varsity unions

Universities reject nine million UTME candidates in six years

Hope has risen for the full resumption of federal universities, as the Presidency has agreed to pay the disputed earning allowance to the striking non-academic staff of the institutions.

Labour and employment minister, Senator Chris Ngige, said the government is shopping for N8 billion to meet a part of the demands of the non-academic staff, who had been on strike since last December.

The fund, according to a communique issued at the end of the negotiations between the Presidency, and the Joint Action Committee of the Non-Academic Staff Unions in Abuja, is to be sourced within the next five weeks.

Ngige explained that part of the N8 billion, will be used to settle members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities of the university of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Ilorin, who were omitted in the payment of the first batch of the earned allowance.

On their part, the striking non-academic staff of the federal universities are expected to meet today to consider the offer.

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