The federal government negotiating team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, will meet with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) today in a bid to end the over six months strike by the university lecturers
According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, the meeting will be held in Abuja.
Members of the union had gone on an indefinite strike following their opposition to federal government’s move to enforce the use of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), salary payment platform.
They instead insisted on a different payment platform, the University Transparency Account System.
Efforts to convene negotiations so as to resolve the dispute was however disrupted partly because of restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the union was earlier this week summoned by the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan alongside Minister of Employment, Chris Ngige to resolve the dispute.
The meeting, chaired by Lawan, also had in attendance, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Accountant -General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris and the ASUU leadership led by the President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi.
Addressing journalists after the three-hour closed session, Ngige said ASUU had shown how the UTAS they developed could work and that the demonstration would continue until when an agreement is reached.