President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said the federal government will provide relief materials for residents of Lagos and Abuja whom he ordered to stay-at-home as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the salary payment of February and March for lecturers in federal universities who have not registered on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, made the announcement on Tuesday, through a statement issued by Emmanuel Nzomiwu, his media aide.

“The President also directed the Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, and the Accountant General of the Federation to effect the payment urgently by all means to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period on lecturers and members of their family,” the statement read.

Vice-chancellors were also requested to confirm and forward the bank verification numbers (BVN) of the affected lecturers to the accountant-general of the federation for the payments to be effected.

The federal government had in January 2020 stopped of salaries for lecturers and all workers in tertiary institutions who were not enrolled on the IPPIS.

ASUU had rejected the directive to register on the platform, saying it would affect the autonomy of universities, leading to a declaration of a two-week warning strike on March 9 and a full blown strike thereafter which is ongoing.

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