The Federal Government has meet with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to resolve the elongated strike action embarked upon by the lecturers.
The planned deliberation was disclosed in a statement by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr Charles Akpan who disclosed tbag the Minister, Chris Ngige would host a meeting with ASUU in Abuja.
ASUU had embarked on an indefinite industrial action following its opposition to the government’s move to enforce the use of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for salary payment.
The union had instead, insisted on a different payment platform, the University Transparency Account System.
But indications that the strike action may soon be resolved emerged on Tuesday when ASUU was summoned to a meeting by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan along with Ngige.
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.
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Addressing journalists after the three-hour closed session, Ngige said ASUU had shown how the UTAS they developed could work, adding that the demonstration would continue.
“We will involve other government agencies who would also come and assess it. Discussions on it are not foreclosed yet.
“UTAS is a homegrown software. It is what we call local content that Mr President is encouraging. It will be considered by the government” Ngige added.