Strike: FG, ASUU to reconvene Friday – Official
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The Ministry of Labour and Employment has disclosed that the Federal Government will resume meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Friday as the duo seek to end the over 7-month-old strike.
The meeting, Orient Daily gathered, is expected to address various pending issues including the contentious payment platform – Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS) proposed by the government.
ASUU instead, developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which is currently undergoing integrity test by the National InformationTechnology Development Agency (NITDA).
The Ministry of Labour and Employment spokesman, Charles Akpan, disclosed in a text message that the dialogue with the ASUU leaders would hold at the minister’s conference hall.
It would be recalled that the government said it had agreed to pay N30 billion Earned Academic Allowance out of N40 billion ASUUis asking, and N20 billion for the revitalization of the education sector out of 110 billion now requested by ASUU. ASUU was initially asking the federal government to paid N220 billion for revitalization as agreed but after series of meeting, the union decided to accept 50 per cent of the agreed sum.
Recently, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union had also proposed the University General and Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System in place of the IPPIS.
Their action followed the complaints against the IPPIS which allegedly caused salary delays and shortchanged the university workers.