The Federal Government has released a total sum of 16.8 billion naira to settle outstanding salary arrears of staff in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, who disclosed this during the “Sixth Edition of the Ministerial Press Briefing’’ in Abuja, said that disbursement is ongoing through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

Adamu said that the government had resolved all issues and await the academic unions to also call off their strike in the coming days, especially ASUU and ASUP.

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Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP has been on strike since December 12, while the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU started November 4, 2018.

According to him, the Federal Government has reached agreement in the following areas: Review of Polytechnic Act; government awaits the transmittal of the amended document by the National Assembly to Mr. President for his assent.

Others, he said, were revitalisation of polytechnics and colleges of education, renegotiation of the 2010 agreements, saying that government is committed to the revitalisation of facilities in its public tertiary institutions.

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