ASUU,FG Resumes Talks For Possible Reopening Of Public Varsities - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

ASUU,FG Resumes Talks For Possible Reopening Of Public Varsities

Leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Federal Government negotiating team led by the Labour and Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige will resume talks today (Tuesday),to agree on possibility of re-opening of public universities in Nigeria.

Edu-Biznews recalled that the lecturers  began their strike action last March to compel government to meet their demands for improvement of facilities in the University system in the country. 

Though the minister had expressed confidence of re-opening of the universities by next month based on the outcome of last Thursday meeting between both parties but ASUU will be using the resumed parley to finalize decisions of its members, to determine whether to suspend the Industrial action or continue with its nine months old strike..

The minister confirming the resumption of the meeting, said that the Federal Government, few weeks ago, raised its offer to the striking lecturers to N70 billion.

Ngige in a statement, added that the government was willing to pay N40 for Earned Allowances which would be shared among three university-based unions and N30 billion for revitalisation.

The minister assured that the funds were available and would be disbursement when the striking Lecturers eventually decide  to call off the over eight-month-old strike.

Federal Government according to him ,also accepted ASUU demand to exempt its members from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending the approval of the proposed payment system – the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) which is being subjected to integrity test.

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