President Muhammadu Buhari has due to the current pandemic which has greeted the country a few months now ordered that salaries of Federal University lecturers be paid with immediate effect so as to help them meet their needs and that of their dependents during this lockdown.
Naija News understands that two months salaries of lecturers yet to join the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) which was withheld since January has been asked to be paid to them.
The development was disclosed on Tuesday, April 21 in a statement by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, signed by his new media aide, Emmanuel Nzomiwu.
According to the minister, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed also the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, and the Accountant General of the Federation to ensure compliance to the payment.
He noted that the release of the University lecturer’s salaries at this time will cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown and also help them in meeting other needs.
“Vice-Chancellors have been asked to revalidate the affected lecturers’ Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) and forward to the Accountant General of the Federation for the payments,” Ngige noted.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu revealed on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari will make some difficult decisions on coronavirus (COVID-19) containment next week Wednesday.