ASUU, FG meeting to no avail, updated
While Mr. Ngige led the federal government team, ASUU President Biodun Ogunemi led the faculty members.
Thursday’s conciliatory meeting aimed at ending the strike of university professors has been postponed to 21 October.
The union action, which began more than six months ago, is one of the main reasons why universities have not yet revived since the COVID-19 blockade has eased.
Thursday’s meeting was convened after a previous meeting on Tuesday with the Senate leadership, in which Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige pledged to involve the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU). and other stakeholders to address outstanding issues.
While Mr. Ngige led the federal government team, ASUU President Biodun Ogunyemi led the teachers’ union representatives.
Although Thursday’s meeting failed to halt the strike, it ended with funding for a revival of public universities, the Labor Department said in a statement.
“The government, despite the economic downturn following the COVID-19 pandemic, has submitted a proposal for $ 20 billion (twenty billion naira) by the end of January 2021, and ASUU has agreed to consider this proposal to its members.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Labor, Education Minister Adamu Adamu will continue discussions with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning of his previous memo to President Muhammad Bukhari on sources of alternative funding for reconstruction to facilitate additional funding for the university system.
This is in order to renew the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as agreed in the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Regarding the Integrated Remuneration and Personnel Management System (IPPIS), rejected by the union, the assembly was informed that ASUU is meeting the deadlines for the first phase of the initial demonstration of the effectiveness of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to the government, as it did in Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
“It was also agreed at the meeting that if UTAS goes through all the stages of integrity verification, in which the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Office of National Security Advisers (NSA) will participate and after confirming its effectiveness; it will be accepted for payment of the University staff. “
Source: – Premium Times