The Federal government has shifted the resumption deadline for Universities lecturers from 4th to 9th December.

EXECUTIVE Secretary of National Universities Commission ( NUC ), Prof Julius Okojie said, this is to enable lecturers attend the burial of professor Festus Iyayi

BRIEFing Journalist on Federal Government deadline for resumption date for striking lecturers, Professor Julius Okojie said a letter from the burial committee for professor Festus Iyayi was only received its mandate.

In a bid to lay to rest the issue of non-victimisation that the striking lecturers had stressed in a letter to the government before the ultimatum was issued, the NUC boss stated that all lecturers, who would resume duties and ready to work on December 9 would be paid their full salary arrears.

The public universities’ lecturers have not been paid since they embarked on a nationwide strike on July 1. They have, by invoking the non-victimisation clause, demanded that all the arrears must be paid.

He, however, pointed out that the leadership of ASUU, at the end of its meeting with the president on November 4, had agreed to call off the strike after several resolutions were reached which did not include the new conditions recently released by the union.

The union said it did not add any new condition but only emphasised the non-victimisation clause, which states that no member of the union should be punished for being part of the ongoing strike.

It claims the government was aware of the clause and called for the payment of the salary arrears.

It has also insisted that the government deposit the 200 billion Naira revitalisation fund for public universities as agreed with the Central Bank of Nigeria, before the strike would be called off.

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