- The federal government has said that the ASUU strike would be suspended soon
- ASUU started the strike in March 2020, following the government's insistence that its members must be enrolled in IPPIS
- Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said a meeting would be convened between FG and the representatives of ASUU in order to end the strike
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The strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may soon be suspended if the proposed meeting between the union and the federal government yields positive results.
Vanguard reports that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said on Tuesday, September 29, on Channels TV that the strike would soon be over.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the ministries of finance, education, labour and employment and the office of the accountant general of the federation would meet with ASUU to resolve issues affecting the education sector.
The minister said:
“The issue of ASUU will soon come to an end. Two reasons – ASUU have called the federal government, represented by finance and the accountant-general office and their direct employers, the ministry of education to come for the test.
“We are ready to do that. After the Independence Day celebration, the four ministries and agencies involved will gather together with ASUU. We will look at the UTAS. If there are shortcomings with IPPIS as complained which UTAS have corrected. What’s wrong about it? It is software, we will look at it.
“Secondly, ASUU members have been collecting their money since COVID-19 came and I wrote a memo to Mr President that ASUU members are still Nigerians. Even the members, have families that they care for. By upper week, we are going to arrange for this demonstration.”
Recall that ASUU had rejected IPPIS, insisting that it violates university autonomy and proposed the UTAS as an alternative.
The ASUU's president Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi had said that there was nowhere in the world where IPPIS is being implemented that universities are put under the civil service.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that ASUU vowed to unleash its next plan if the federal government failed to meet its demands as contained in the agreements between the two sides in 2009.
It was reported that ASUU president made this known during a town and gown meeting at the African Hall in the University of Ilorin, Kwara state.
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