ASUU Strike: FG, Lecturers Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

ASUU leadership in negotiation with government officials
ASUU leadership in negotiation with government officials

The ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will continue following the inability of the union and the government to agree on a payment platform for the N30 billion Earned Allowance of the striking lecturers.

This is the second time in one week that the meeting between the Federal Government ASUU will be deadlocked

VANTAGE NEWS reported that the FG have agreed in principle to explore the option of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as an alternative to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) created by the government.

President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi had stated that what is holding the union from calling off the 7-month long strike is because the government is yet to give clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to conduct integrity test on UTAS.

However, at the meeting held on Wednesday, the FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment,  Chris Ngige, offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the IPPIS platform pending the full utilization of ASUU’s preferred platform, UTAS.

But the ASUU delegation led Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment should be made through the UTAS the union provided.

The meeting was adjourned till next Wednesday in order to give both parties time to make consultations and report back.

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