The University Academic Staff Union, ASUU, has denied a news report that it agreed to suspend the ongoing strike after meeting with the government bargaining team led by Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige on Friday.
Reportedly, the Federal Government at the meeting in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Labor and Employment increased its offer of earned EA allowances to university unions and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion .
There was news that ASUU has given an indication that the meeting, the strike that started since March, would soon be canceled after a meeting with the union leadership and its bodies.
According to the report, university professors agreed to suspend the strike after the government agreed to pay 40 billion naira for earned allowances and 30 billion naira for the revitalization of the university system, bringing the total payment to 70 billion naira. .
It was also reported that the Government agreed to settle the salary arrears of the lecturers before December 31.
The report also noted that ASUU was expected to inform its bodies of the agreement and then communicate its decision to the government, after which a date for the suspension of the strike would be announced.
He cited a source within the university union, that ASUU insisted that the agreement to suspend the strike should not be announced until it has been approved by its members.
But the president of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, has denied having knowledge of any agreement to suspend the strike, emphasizing that at the meeting, it was only agreed that the union should transmit the government’s message to its organs and return to government.
Prof. Ogunyemi said: “I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to inform our members. But I don’t know about the suspension of the strike. “
However, a source from the Ministry of Labor and Employment said that after the meeting, the minister, Senator Ngige, who called the meeting “fruitful,” added that the government made a proposal to ASUU that would lead back to their members. .
Ngige told reporters after the meeting that “many issues were discussed at the meeting, including the salary deficit, the pay system and the revitalization of the university system. I am sure that all problems will be resolved at our next meeting. “
Friday’s meeting was the seventh time the two sides met to resolve disputed issues since the university union went on strike on March 23.
After the meeting of last Friday, November 20, the Government agreed to exempt ASUU members who had not registered in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and put them in the Integrated Financial and Management Information System Government (GIFMIS) pending when ASUU prefers payment. platform: the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) will be approved.
ASUU had consistently rejected IPPIS, stressing that it will erode the autonomy of the university system.