- ASUU members are meeting with the Senate leadership in a bid to resolve the IPPIS crisis
- The lecturers union wants the upper legislative chamber to support the payment platform it wants as an alternative to IPPIS
- Recall that President Buhari had said only federal workers on IPPIS will be paid salaries
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Principal members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are currently in a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Senate, according to a report by Daily Trust.
The newspaper stated that the meeting is over the lingering crisis between the federal government and the union on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had, during the presentation of the 2021 budget proposal on Thursday, October 8, reiterated that only federal staff captured on the IPPIS platform will receive salaries.
The president of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly said the meeting with the Senate leadership was to seek their support on a new invention which the union wants as an alternative to IPPIS.
He said the union had a meeting with the federal government on the alternative to IPPIS it developed but for five years now, there was no response from the government.
Before the meeting went into a close session, the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, decried the inability of the federal government to implement the several agreements it signed with the union.
The meeting is yet to finish at the time of filing this piece.
Meanwhile, ASUU has called for the resignation of the minister of state for education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
The call was made on Tuesday, October 6, by the lecturers' body on the heels of a statement credited to the junior minister in which he told the striking ASUU members to go to farm if they do not want to agree with terms of their employer.
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