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ASUU STRIKE: ASUU and FG Agree to Reconvene Next Week.

The Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) met yesterday, Thursday for a four hour long meeting without coming to an agreement. They however agreed to meet again next week.

Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige, who chaired the meeting, said that the government had proposed a merger of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS and the University Transparency and Account System (UTAS) developed by university lecturers as a way out of the contentious payroll system.

According to the minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, the Federal Government had proposed a merger of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS and the University Transparency and Account System (UTAS), as solution to the disparity in the two payroll systems. He added that the meeting was called by the Federal Government due to the two weeks warning strike embarked upon by the academic body.

He however faulted the union for not informing the government before withdrawing services from the universities as stated in the provisions for industrial relations.

The minister said: “We had a fulfilling discussion. Where necessary, we debated and put forward our points on both sides. We used the Memorandum of Action which we entered into in February 2019 and looked at issues that were not fully addressed. We moved to the non-caption of some ASUU members on IPPIS platform which resulted in the withholding of their salaries.

“Both sides realised we are working for our country. ASUU already has the UTAS. We had preliminary agreement to accommodate the two systems. ASUU will have to get back to its members and agree on how to couple the two systems. We will continue discussion. After ASUU consults with its members and decision making authority, we will meet on Monday or Tuesday.”

ASUU President Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said the issues discussed came from outstanding issues which had been overshadowed by IPPIS.

Prof. Ogunyemi said that both sides have agreed to consult and get back at a later date.

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