BREAKING: ASUU To End Strike as the Union Hope On Positive Outcome From Meeting With FG
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has assured students that the Union hopes for a positive outcome with its meeting with the Federal government consisting of the Current Minister Dr. Chris Ngige as Minister of Labour and Employment and Festus Keyamo as the Minister of State for Labour and Employment.
It could be recalled that the Minister of Labour Dr. Chris Ngige revealed that the federal government is in steady meeting with the striking union ASUU.
In his words, the issue of ASUU will soon come to an end, two reasons, firstly ASUU said they have developed their UNITAS and the minister stated that he has informed the Federal government which was represented by the Minister of Finance and the accountant general of the federation and also the direct employment in the federal ministry of Education.
Following the statement of Minister of Labour Chris Ngige on ending ASUU Strike soon, the Academic Staff union of Universities has reacted to the statement issued by the minister of Labour, ¨Ẅe will resolve the strike issue soon. The Union has urged students and the general public that there will be positive outcomes soon. This was confirmed on the union official twitter handle a few hours after the Federal government of Nigeria ordered all tertiary Institutions to reopen campuses for commencement of Academic activities in full.
In a bid to resolve all the lingering issues between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a meeting of both partie took place after the Independence Day Celebration on Oct 1.
Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige disclosed this on Tuesday, on Channels Television program, ‘Politics Today’.
Recall that ASUU had embarked on a strike action on March 23, on the grounds that the federal government failed to meet agreements reached with the union.
Among other contentious issues ASUU has with the federal government, is the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) payment platform.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi had maintained that the IPPIS was a tool to shortchange lecturers.
Consequently, the union had recommended its own payment model known as University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
But, the federal government had said that the IPPIS was in consonance with global best practices.
On Tuesday, Ngige said that the relevant stakeholders would meet with ASUU so as to observe the authenticity of its proposed payment platform.
“The issue of ASUU will soon come to an end.
“Two reasons: ASUU says they have developed their UNITAS and have called the federal government represented by the Finance and Accountant General Office and their direct employers, the Ministry of Education to come for testing.
“They’ve also called me as an arbiter to come and stay and watch the testing. That we are ready to do, we are trying to… after the Independence celebration, the four ministries and agencies involved will gather together with ASUU.
“So we will look at the UNITAS, if there are shortcomings with IPPIS as complained, which UNITAS have corrected, what’s wrong about it; it’s a software system,” he said.
Furthermore, the Minister claimed that the federal government has been trying its best in its approach to ASUU.
“Secondly, ASUU members have been collecting their money since the covid-19 came and I wrote a memo to Mr. President that ASUU members are still Nigerians.
“So by upper week we are going to arrange for this demonstration,” he said.
In another the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, made the announcement during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday.
He advised all institutions to obey and adhere to the guidelines for the reopening of schools, earlier announced by the presidential task force.
He said all unity schools should open by October 12 “while states and private schools will determine their own modalities of reopening.”