FG Exempts ASUU From IPPIS, Agrees To Pay Salary Arrears, Raises Allowances

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ASUU leadership in a meeting with the Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige
FG Exempts ASUU From IPPIS, Agrees To Pay Salary Arrears, Raises Allowances - Vantage News Nigeria
ASUU leadership in a meeting with the Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige

There was a major breakthrough on Friday in the negotiations between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as the government accepted to exempt the union from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

FG also shifted grounds on some other issues , including the invoking of the policy of ‘no work, no pay’ that has been in place for months due to the ongoing industrial action.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, while reading out the communique at the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja, said the government also agreed to ASUU’s demand to pay their members’ salary arrears from February to June through the old salary payment platform, Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System.

He further stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government also offered to raise the Earned Allowances to university staff from N30bn to N35bn and the revitalization fund from N20bn to N25bn.

Ngige said, “We are also reviewing how the lecturers will be paid on the old platform until UTAS is ready for usage.

“We agreed also that the withheld salaries are the component of the issue of ‘no work, no pay’ that was invoked and the Minister of Education and myself are working on that to get approval for the lifting of the embargo.

“This is a transition period between the formalization of UTAS, and as soon as we finish this, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, the National Universities Commission and the Vice Chancellors are to work together to make sure that the withheld salaries are paid through the old platform, which the Accountant General’s office used in paying the salaries of university workers that were not captured on IPPIs for the months of February, March, April, May and June.”

This latest development is expected to bring to an end, the strike action embarked on by ASUU eight months ago.

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