- The federal ministry of labour has brokered a deal with striking university unions
- The unions said they are satisfied with the deal reached with the government
- NASUU and SSANU had been displeased over some unresolved issues concerning their entitlements
The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASUU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have suspended their three weeks strike.
The Cable reported that both unions arrived at the decision after signing a memorandum of action with the federal government.
The unions said following the agreement, the strike will be called off at 12 am on Friday, February 26.
Vanguard reported that NASU general secretary, Peters Adeyemi, confirmed the union’s resolve to discontinue the strike.
“We had 8 items which we negotiated and which form the basis for our ongoing national strike. Our members in our various campuses in the universities and inter-universities centres had appraised the draft MoU and then raised the few observations, but they granted us the mandate that if we are able to meet with the government which we have been able to do today and if the leadership is satisfied, we can go ahead and suspend the strike.
Adeyemi stated that the unions were satisfied with the negotiations so far, since areas that needed to be harmonized have been harmonized.
In another news, the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) used by the federal government to pay staff members of universities in Nigeria has been described as a scam.
Wailing over the allegedly fraudulent system, the chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) in the University of Lagos, Kehinde Ajibade, said the government deceived the union into the agreement, The Nation reported.
Ajibade said the IPPIS is very faulty because through it the government shortchanges its members and makes unexplainable deductions from their salaries.
Meanwhile, in what will excite many parents and students, especially those who want to read humanities in the Colleges of Education, Ishaq Oloyede has advocated that mathematics as a subject is unnecessary.
Professor Oloyede who is the registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, disclosed this on Tuesday, February 23, in Abuja.
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