Oyogist com learnt that Negotiations between the Federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was a failed one.
During Wednesday’s meeting, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngigie stated that the Federal Government can’t Pay the Money the Union is asking for.
Ngige, said: “There are three issues: revitalisation fund where government offered ASUU N20 billion as a sign of good faith based on the MoU they entered into in 2013 as a result of the renegotiation they had with government in 2009.
“This present government is still committed to it. While we are giving them offers of some fund. This government is not against revitalisation but this government says that because of dire economic situation, because of covid-19, we cannot really pay in the N110 billion which they are demanding for revitalisation. We offered N20 billion as revitalisation fund.
“On Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), the government offered N30 billion to all the unions in the universities, making it N50 billion all together, if you add the N20bn for revitalisation.
“ASUU is saying that the N30 billion should be for lecturers alone, irrespective of the fact that there are three other unions. So, there is a little problem there. We don’t have any money to offer apart from this N30 billion” He concluded.