- There is a renewed hope as the federal government and ASUU are reportedly set to return to the discussion table
- The meeting between the representatives of the FG and ASUU is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, October 28
- The lecturers' union has been on strike for months over some key issues including IPPIS, earned allowances, etc
The federal government in its bid to end the nationwide university strike is reportedly set to resume talks with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday evening, October 28.
The university lecturers have been on strike over some key issues such as the use of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) for salary payment, funding for revitalization of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), etc.
According to a report filed by Daily Trust, Charles Akpan, who is the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said the meeting, which was adjourned last week, will hold on Wednesday.
Legit.ng notes that in place of the use of IPPIS for the payment of its members' salaries, ASUU has presented to the federal government an alternative called University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
The Nigerian government, however, said it is still carrying out an integrity test on the new platform.
However, another earlier report had indicated that the federal government described the condition set by ASUU before it can end its strike as "unreasonable."
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said ASUU's demand is ridiculous because varsity lecturers cannot determine how they should be paid by their employers, that is, the federal government.
"I don't know whether you know how many groups, organisations and associations receiving a salary from the federal account. So, if everybody is doing their own platform, imagine how many payment platforms government will have to deal with it."
Apart from the coronavirus pandemic which made the Nigerian government to close schools, public university students in the country have been at home for over seven months due to the strike.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian man, Gift Odoh, has finally triumphed despite the long years he spent in school for a programme he ought to have finished sooner.
In a post he made on LinkedIn, Odoh said that he wasted two extra years on a 5-year-programme because of ASUU strikes and “unnecessarily long sessional breaks”.
He said that while he was in school, some of his mates who went to private schools had gone into other phases of their lives like marriage.
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