The Federal government has said that, it cannot pay the earned allowances demanded by the Academic Staff Union of Universities that were not captured in the 2016 budget at a period of economic recession.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, gave the government’s position yesterday while addressing reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting held in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
A decision was also reached at the meeting by the executives to give ASUU the right to exclude government funds accruing to universities from the Treasury Single Account.
The decision to concede the right to the union was one of the eight demands the union had put forward.
Dr. Ngige said seven of the demands had been trashed out, with only one demand pending – the payment of 284 billion Naira earned allowances.
He told reporters that an audit of money previously paid for the earned allowances must first be completed before a fresh payment would be made
According to him, there is a month’s deadline within which the money released for the initial payment of the earned allowances must be audited to allow for further discussion on future payments, which he explained would have to be ironed out with the National Assembly for budgetary purposes.