- Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, has asked ASUU to resume negotiations with the FG
- The minister warns that the federal government would take action against the union if it refuses to comply
- Ngige said the strike by ASUU was based on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)
The federal government has asked ASUU to return to the negotiation table or face serious consequences if it refuses to comply.
Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, issued the warning on Sunday, May 31, in a statement signed by his media aide, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, in Enugu, The News Agency of Nigeria reported.
He pointed out that the federal government could activate relevant labour laws to deal with the situation.
The minister said the strike by ASUU was based on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
He disclosed that he invited the union for a zoom meeting in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, but it insisted on meeting him face to face.
Ngige said ASUU as an employee lacks the right to dictate to the federal government on how to receive wages.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Idris, the accountant-general of the federation, has tackled the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) following the body's recent criticism of the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS).
ASUU, in what came as a surprise to the federal government, had alleged that deceased members of the body were paid through the controversial IPPIS process.
The union raised an eyebrow against what it termed as government's dishonesty as per the payment of salaries of the university lecturers.
But reacting to the allegation, the accountant-general said the federal government was deliberately misled by the management of some universities into paying late members of the union, Premium Times reported.
In another news, the University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said it has produced 3,000 reusable facemasks for distribution to her members to protect them from the coronavirus pandemic.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reported that the union on Sunday, May 10, said it was important that her members have access to face masks produced following international standards.
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The ASUU chairman Professor Ayo Akinwole disclosed that the ASUU-UI treated cotton face masks would ensure that her members are protected from infection when they use the masks and observe physical distancing among other preventive advisories while in the public space.
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