ASUU Will Call Off Strike Soon, Ngige Reveals

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Nigeria's Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige on Wednesday said the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon be called off.

Ngige also disclosed that there are no plans to establish an alternative payment table for all the labour unions in tertiary institutions.

He made this known while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja.

Ngige assured Nigerians that efforts were underway to resolve the ongoing dispute largely fueled by payment platforms and end the strike which is already in its fourth month.

ASUU, which grounded academic activities in Nigerian universities since February 14, 2022, had insisted on the use of its own generated payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

Its demand is hinged on claims that the government-backed Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System was shortchanging its members.

But the Federal Government, last March claimed that UTAS was unfit for wide-scale use as it failed three integrity tests.

Aside from UTAS, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions also proposed their payment platform: Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System.

Ngige argued that the Federal Government was indeed engaging with ASUU, despite notions that it has been snubbing the union.

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