The National President of the Congress of University Academics, CONUA, Dr. Niyi Sunmonu has responded to a circular from the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation regarding the Salary increment of staff of all Federal Tertiary institutions.
Dr. Niyi in a statement said that the increment was not enough, but they will not reject it
“In fact, that circular ought to have taken effect many months ago. We met the then Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, over the matter. The thinking then was that the circular would be made public last March, and the effective date of its effectiveness would be January this year, when the arrears were paid,” he said
“What they are offering is not enough, but we are not rejecting it. However, this is to be taken differently from the general upward review of salaries of public workers in view of the current economic crunch in the country,” he added.
The FG had earlier opposed a 25% pay rise for lecturers when it raised that for professors by 35%.
However, the Auditor-General stated in a circular No. OAuGF/SW/C/QP/1395/VOL.1/11, dated September 21, 2023, issued to universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education, that the Presidential Committee on Salaries had approved the implementation at its 13th meeting.