Federal Government releases N42.68b for ASUU, Nigeria Airways ex-workers

Federal Government releases N42.68b for ASUU, Nigeria Airways ex-workers

The Federal Government has launched N22.68 billion for the settlement of retirement advantages of former employees of the defunct Nigeria Airways Restricted (NAL). The opposite N20 billion is for the revitalization of public universities according to calls for of the Tutorial Workers of Universities (ASUU).

Newly appointed Finance Minister Hajia Zainab Ahmed, who broke the information yesterday to reporters in Abuja famous that the preliminary submission concerning the retirement advantages of ex-NAL employees in liquidation was N78 billion.

She mentioned:-

“The quantity was verified by the Presidential Initiative on Steady Audit (PICA) and different related stakeholders according to the situations of service of Nigeria Airways and different extant guidelines and rules.

“On the finish of the verification, the sum of N45 billion was agreed as the overall retirement advantages of the affected workers.”

The previous employees haven’t been paid their retirement advantages for the previous 15 years regardless of the liquidation which inflicted on them inconveniences.

“This unlucky scenario”, Hajia Zainab mentioned, “can’t be allowed to proceed underneath a accountable administration.

“It’s on this foundation that President Buhari accredited the fast launch of N22.68 billion being 50 per cent of N45.three billion whole entitlements of the ex-workers of Nigeria Airways restricted in liquidation.”

To make sure the implementation of the President’s directives according to extant monetary guidelines, the minister constituted a committee to be headed by the PICA Secretary.

To serve on the committee are: representatives of the workplace of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, ministries of Aviation and Finance, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Workplace of the Accountant-Normal of the Federation, Pension Transitional Association Directorate (PTAD), Union of ex-NAL employees and Price range Workplace of the Federation.

The Committee has been mandated to bodily confirm the claims of the Pension and related next-of-kin earlier than the discharge of the funds to the real beneficiaries.

On the funds launched for the revitalization of public universities, Hajia Ahmed acknowledged that the ASUU signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Government in 2013 to enhance funding for workers welfare and the availability of crucial infrastructure in public universities however some challenges had dogged the implementation of the bilateral settlement because of income shortages and different causes.

She mentioned:-

“To revitalise public universities and guarantee clean working of the tertiary schooling within the nation, it was determined that N20 billion be instantly launched for the general public universities by the revitalization scheme.

“These funds shall be launched to the beneficiary universities according to the established standards utilized by the Nigerian Universities Fee (NUC). “The federal government will monitor the progress of the implementation with a view to resolving rising points and retaining the guarantees to the related stakeholders.

ASUU Vice President Emmanuel Osodeke puzzled why authorities was releasing solely N20 billion, which was to have been a palliative since September 2017.

He mentioned: “What we count on to be discussing now could be the way to correctly fund public universities sustainably with out recourse to nationwide budgets.”


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