Strike: FG, ASUU To Resume Meeting On Friday


Strike Continues As ASUU, FG Meeting End In DeadlockMinistry of Labour and Employment has said Federal Government will resume meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Friday, November 20.

Ministry of Labour and Employment spokesman, Charles Akpan, disclosed this in a text message on Wednesday that the dialogue with the ASUU leaders would hold at the minister’s conference hall.

The parley is expected to address various pending issues, including the contentious payment platform preferred by the union.

It would be recalled that ASUU had opposed the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) used in paying workers’ salaries by the FG and instead, developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) which is currently undergoing test-run by the National Information Technology Development Agency.

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Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) also proposed University General and Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System in place of IPPIS.

Their action followed the complaints against the IPPIS which allegedly caused salary delays and shortchanged the university workers.

The government said it had agreed to pay N30 billion Earned Academic Allowance, N20 billion for the revitalization of the education sector and the arrears of salaries to the university teachers, adding that the only outstanding issue was the disagreement over the payment platform.

However, ASUU insisted that the government has not met its demands, noting that the resolution of eight-month strike was not in sight.

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