Strike: FG, ASUU meet Thursday

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Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige has said, contrary to insinuations, that the federal government was not engaging with the Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU), there have been a series of meetings between all parties and the next one will be held on Thursday.

Mr. Ngige said this while speaking to House of Representatives correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

ASUU has been on strike since February

Some of the professors’ demands include revitalization of public universities, earned allocation, improved funding of state universities, and promotion arrears.

Others are the substitution of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for its own University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) in the payment of emoluments to its affiliates.

The Minister dismissed the suggestion that the federal government was planning to introduce different wage payment platforms for unions in tertiary institutions.

The University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) had insisted on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) it created, claiming that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was misleading them.

The federal government had said in March that UTAS had failed three integrity tests.

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Educational and Allied Institutions Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) also recommended the Universities Special Staff Payroll System (UPPPS) as their payment platform.

However, Ngige said, “No employee or worker can dictate to their employer how they will be paid.”

He said efforts were being made to resolve the ongoing standoff between the government and ASUU, as well as other university unions over payment platforms.

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