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The Federal Government has said that it cannot agree to a percentage salary increase for the Academic Staff Union of Universities, which it would not be able to implement.


The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday, said the government could only afford 23.5 percent salary increase for lecturers, while a 35% increment would be enjoyed by professors.


The minister also noted that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) warned against signing agreements that the government would not be able to meet.


Adamu disclosed this while speaking during the meeting with vice-chancellors and other stakeholders in the university system.


He said, “The Federal Government can only afford a 23.5% salary increase for all categories 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 of when due by the Governing Councils of Universities to which such services are rendered and to the staff who perform them.


“That a sum of 150 billion Naira shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget as funds for the revitalisation 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”.

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