The federal government has begun the payment of minimum wage arrears to the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as part of its move to end the lingering strike.
The payment was confirmed by ASUP National President, Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, and the Chairman, ASUU FUTMinna, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, in separate interviews with Punch in Abuja.
Disclosing the payment on Thursday, Ezeibe was quick to add that the move of the part of the federal government was only the beginning.
"The government has started responding. They just started paying the salary/minimum wage arrears, the one they have refused to pay.
"However, that is just one of the demands, so we have not reached anywhere. They have not attended to the others, but I can confirm that people have started receiving alerts of the arrears owed", he stated.
Bolarin on his part added: "Some of my members got alert of their minimum wage arrears; their salaries are still pending."
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