FG, ASUU resumes negotiations today
The federal government negotiating team, led by Labor and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige, will meet with the leadership of the University Academic Workers Union (ASUU) today to end more than six months of teachers’ strike. university students.
In a statement signed yesterday by the ministry’s deputy director of press and public affairs Charles Akpan, “Ngige will meet with the Academic Staff Union (ASUU) on Thursday, October 15, 2020.”
ASUU called on its members for indefinite union action after they opposed federal government action to enforce the Integrated Payroll and Personnel System (IPPIS) Payroll Platform.
Attempts to force negotiations to resolve the dispute have been unsuccessful in part due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, hope that the strike would soon end came on Tuesday when ASUU was summoned to a meeting by Senate President Senator Ahmad Laban along with Ngige.
The meeting, chaired by Laban, was also attended by Education Minister Mallam Adamu Adamu, Chief Accountant of the Federation Ahmed Idris and the ASUU leadership, headed by the President, Professor Biodun Ogunemi.
Addressing reporters after a closed session of about three hours, Ngige said: “ASUU showed us how the UTAS they developed could work, but the demonstration will continue.
“We will involve other government agencies who will come to assess this. Discussions on it are not yet closed.
“UTAS is proprietary software. Mr. President encourages what we call local content. This will be taken into account by the government, ”added Ngige.
ASUU rejected IPPIS, calling an open-ended strike in February.
Senate President Lowen said at the meeting that the current stalemate between ASUU and the federal government is a headwind that will not benefit either side.
The President of the Senate asked both sides to find a middle ground to resolve their differences.
Source: – Thisdaylive