The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to increase the salary of lecturers despite Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) being on strike for over six months.
The Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, made this known during a meeting with vice-chancellors and other stakeholders of universities on Tuesday.
Adamu disclosed that the government can only afford to increase lecturers’ salaries by 23.5 per cent, while professors get a 35% salary increment.
The Minister added that President Buhari has not signed any agreement with the striking union, as he is weary of the government not being able to meet up with the obligations.
He said, ”The Federal Government can only afford a 23.5% salary increase for all categories of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35% upward review.
“Henceforth, allowances that pertain to ad-hoc duties of the academic and non-academic staff shall be paid as at when due by the Governing Councils of Universities to which such services are rendered and to the staff who perform them.”
Adamu also revealed that a sum of 150 billion Naira will be provided as funds for the revitalization of Federal Universities in the first quarter of 2023.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike since February 14 in a grievance against the government not meeting up with its promises.