Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, says government can only afford 23.5 percent salary increase for lecturers, while professors will enjoy a 35 per cent increment.
Adamu also said that President Muhammadu Buhari had warned against signing agreements which the government will not be able to meet.
The Minister disclosed on Tuesday while speaking during a meeting with vice-chancellors and other stakeholders in the university system.
According to him, ”The Federal Government can only afford a 23.5% salary increase for all category of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35% upward review.
“Henceforth, allowances that pertain to ad-hoc duties of the academic and non-academic staff shall be paid as at when due by the Governing Councils of Universities to which such services are rendered and to the staff who perform
“That a sum of 150 billion Naira shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget as funds for the revitalization of Federal Universities, to be disbursed to the Institutions in the First Quarter of the year, and that a sum of 50 billion Naira shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances, to be paid in the First Quarter of the year.”
Pro-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof Peter Okebukola, told newsmen that government was ready to take all steps to ensure that university lecturers return to the classrooms.