August 10, 2020 at 6:15 pm #607DonDanParticipant
Federal Government, ASUU Set to Return to Roundtable Discussion to End Strike
The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will soon return to the roundtable discussion to end the four-month strike by lecturers; Dr. Chris Ngigethe Minister of Labour and Employment confirmed to THISDAY that the Federal Government was set to invite the union to resume talks.
It was gathered that both sides are making moves to restart discussions that were abandoned following the disagreement over the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel and Information System (IPPIS) in the university system and subsequent stoppage of salaries of non-compliant ASUU members, according to THISDAY
ASUU has also said its alternative payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), was ready for consideration by agencies of the federal government.
The ASUU president raised five outstanding issues of concern that led to the strike consisting of: “provision of funds for the revitalisation of the universities, conclusion of renegotiation of 2009 agreement with regard to the conditions of service of our members, the issue of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) that the federal government promised to start paying as from November last year, the issue of visitation panel to federal universities, which we have been talking about for three-four years now and finally the issue of proliferation of universities in the country, especially the universities by state governments.”
He added that ”those aspects of the timelines that ought to have been met should be met. Let the other timelines contained in the 2019 agreement be revalidated”.
On the dispute over IPPIS, Ogunyemi said that ASUU’s alternative platform, University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS), was ready. According to him, ASUU will soon submit the platform to the Ministry of Education and other agencies to test run.
Also, the president claimed that ASUU is ready for the demonstration of University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which he claimed that it is better than the current Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information (IPPIS) imposed by the Federal Government.
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