The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to resume negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday.
This was disclosed by the Ministry of Labour and Employment on Wednesday night.
The meeting is in the hope of reaching an agreement with ASUU and find a solution to the indefinite strike embarked upon by the union in March.
Recall ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike in March over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) which the federal government introduced as the new payment platform of workers salary, as well as the failure of the federal government to fulfill its promise to the union.
However, ASUU blatantly kicked against the IPPIS platform and offered the University Transparency and Accountability, UTAS, as an alternative which is currently undergoing test-run by the National Information Technology Development Agency.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union had also proposed the University General and Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System in place of the IPPIS.
This action was prompted by the complaints against the IPPIS which allegedly caused salary delays and shortchanged the university workers.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment spokesman, Charles Akpan, disclosed in a text message on Wednesday that the dialogue with the ASUU leaders would hold at the minister’s conference hall.
The government said it had agreed to pay N30 billion Earned Academic Allowance, N20b for the revitalization of the education sector and the arrears of salaries to the university teachers, adding that the only outstanding issue was the disagreement over the payment platform.
But ASUU insisted that the government has not met its demands, noting that the resolution of the eight-month strike was not in sight.