As part of its attempts to halt continuing union strikes, the Federal Government has begun paying minimum salary arrears owed to lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, National President of ASUP, and Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, Chairman of ASUU FUTMinna, verified this in separate press conferences in Abuja on Thursday.
It has been widely reported that the two unions are currently on strike due to the government’s unwillingness to fulfill their demands, which include the payment of minimum wage arrears and the release of revitalisation funding, among others.
While ASUU commenced its strike on February 14, 2022, ASUP is currently on an initial two-week warning strike.
Confirming the payment on Thursday, Ezeibe, however, said that was just the beginning.
He said, “The government has started responding. They just started paying the salary/minimum wage arrears, the one they have refused to pay.
“However, that is just one of the demands, so we have not reached anywhere. They have not attended to the others, but I can confirm that people have started receiving alerts of the arrears owed.”