- The meeting between ASUU and FG has again hit the rock
- ASUU is currently on a two-week warning strike over FG's insistence that all its employees must be captured in the new IPPIS
- FG and the leadership of ASUU could not reach agreement on Tuesday, March 17, when they met to discuss the issue
The crisis between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) enrollment is yet to be over.
Daily Trust reports that the duo could not reach an agreement over the ongoing two-week warning strike embarked on by the union.
Legit.ng gathered that the meeting, which lasted till late night on Tuesday, March 17, was the second as the two parties seek to resolve issues raised by the universities' union.
Chris Ngige who is Nigeria's minister of labour and employment stated that the federal government had tabled a new proposal regarding the impasse over the IPPIS enrollment for members of the union but according to the newspaper, both the FG and ASUU did not reveal to journalists what the proposal was.
Ngige said that the issues under consideration ranged from funding, revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowances to salary shortfalls.
Ngige said: “The issue of IPPIS, we’ve also discussed and options, solutions were advanced and the government has a proposal which we are giving to ASUU.
“Some of these issues that are outstanding, the ASUU’s team will take them back to their bigger council to be on the same page with them before they get back to the government. We have also agreed that the tentative time to get back to the government would be before the weekend runs out. We expect ASUU to get back to the government in writing and there is a need for another meeting on that, you’ll be informed.”
The two-week warning strike, which the union declared, would elapse on Monday, March 23, adding that ASUU declared the strike mainly to protest the non-payment of salaries of their members who failed to enrol in the federal government’s IPPIS.
ASUU’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi, in his remark, noted that they have improved on where they stopped in the previous meeting.
He said that they had what they can call “concrete proposals to our members.”
“But, as we usually say, those of us here can’t make a final pronouncement on any of the proposals. We have assured the government’s team that we will report faithfully to our principals and get back to government accordingly,” Biodun said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the proposed sexual harassment of students in the tertiary educational institution prohibition bill pitched the Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) against the ASUU.
It was reported that while YAF is in support of the bill, ASUU is proposing a review of existing laws on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions rather than formulating new ones.
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