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FG will pay ASUU and others N34 billion in Minimum Wage Adjustment Arrears.

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The Federal Government has announced that it will pay around N34 billion in minimum wage significant adjustments to education sector workers from 2019.

According to NAN, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, stated that the move aimed to resolve the sector's persistent issue.

On Tuesday in Abuja, Ngige told reporters about the long-running protest by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others.

Universities will receive N23.5 billion, polytechnics N6 billion, and colleges of education N4 billion, totalling N34 billion, according to Ngige.

While providing an update on the current strike, the minister stated that during the most recent tripartite meeting of the government and university-based unions, committees were formed.

He claimed they had been given a fortnight to submit their report and that they were still working on it, with committee reports due by the end of the week.

"Those committees are doing their jobs. The one National Information Technology Development Agency is putting three platforms to the test: the government's Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, ASUU's University Transparency Accountability Solution, and non-teaching staff's Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System.

"On Thursday, they began the testing. The National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission has released its revision circulars. The unions have copies as well, in case responsibility or hazard allowances have not been correctly recorded."

As the government accelerates efforts to simplify pay through the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission, Ngige promised those salary modifications are expected.

He urged ASUU and other unions to call off their strike so that academic activity at public colleges throughout the country may resume.

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