The Federal Government has promised to pay around N34billion in arrears on minimum wages.. changes in the education sector beginning in 2019.
NAN says that Minister for Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige stated that the meeting was to address the ongoing crisis within the sector.
Ngige revealed this when talking to newsmen about the long-running strike of ASUU, the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) as well as other unions in Abuja on Tuesday at Abuja.
Ngige stated that the people who would benefit from The Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments were those who are members of the ASUU that are striking ASUU as well as their counterparts from the polytechnics as well as Colleges of Education.
According to Ngige the Universities will receive N23.5 billion, while the polytechnics will receive N6 billion, and the Colleges of Education N4 billion making the total up to N33.5 billion.
The minister, in giving information on the strike, mentioned that committees were formed at the last tripartite conference of the university and government unions that are based in the university.
He explained that they were given a fortnight in which to submit their reports but they were working on their reports and that the committee reports are expected by the close of the week.
“Those committees are currently working. The one that is on NITDA is evaluating the three platforms, including the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information Systems (IPPIS).
“Also The University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) of ASUU as well as The Universities Particular Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) of the non-teaching employees.
They began the testing on Thursday. They are now testing on Thursday. National Salaries, Wages and Incomes Commission (NSWIC) has issued amendment circulars.
“The Unions have also copies available to manage liability and hazard allowances in cases where they are not appropriately recorded.”
Ngige confirmed that there will be wage changes in the context of the government’s attempts to reduce wage costs by The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.
“For example, we’ve done this for the police . We didn’t intend to do it in pockets. could do it with pockets.
“You are also able to see university professors declaring that their own work should be completed immediately, given what they have already done this with the police. This means that something is being completed. This came up in the negotiation they were having with the then government.
“So the committee headed by Professor. Briggs is on it and is discussing the issue with the unions representing students and their employers that is The Federal Ministry of Education. They’ll propose something that the government can look at.
“There are many others. Doctors complain about brain drain the way they do this and this. Their hazard allowance must be touched and was touched by nearly 300 per cent.
“From to N5,000, 000 that is paid all over the country for each individual The person with the lowest income working in health receives N15, 000 while the most powerful ones receive N45 000. This is that quantum leap.”he added.
Minister therefore made an appeal to ASUU as well as other unions that are based in universities again to end their strike, so that academics can begin again at public universities across the nation.