Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has said the federal government through the legislature is working to provide a level of increment in the welfare packages of university lecturers.
The speaker made this assertion in a press statement on Monday, November 7.
Gbajabiamila noted that the sums of N170,000,000,000 and N300,000,000,000 have been earmarked as revitalization funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of the federal government owned universities in the 2023 appropriation bills.
He further stated that the swift adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) into the integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is being supervised by the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education, Aminu Suleiman.
Gbajabiamila maintained that the federal government’s decision not to pay full salaries to lecturers is premised on the principle to discourage unnecessary industrial actions, however, stressing that plans are ongoing to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers.
The speaker, in his final submission, implored the two parties to be patient as meaningful reforms take time.