FG, ASUU Agree on UT AS, may suspend strike soon

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The federal government has decided to use the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) as the lecturers' payment platform, according to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In an interview with Channels Television on Monday, ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke remarked.

ASUU Strike

Since February 14, ASUU has been on strike in protest of the federal government's refusal to comply with its demands regarding lecturers' salaries and benefits, increased university funding, and the adoption of UTAS in place of the preferred payment system, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Students, parents, and other stakeholders have grown impatient due to the ASUU strike's 184-day mark as of Wednesday.

The ASUU president stated on Monday that the federal government had invited the union to a meeting on Tuesday to discuss renegotiation.

Osodeke stated that the strike will be called off if the federal government accedes to ASUU's requests in today's meeting.

"You know that there are seven issues why we are on strike. They are inviting for discussion on the issue of renegotiation tomorrow, which is the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.

“The issues of IPPIS and UTAS have been put to rest because the test has been done, and it has been agreed with the chief of staff, UTAS will be implemented to cover the university.

“Two, if this government is serious, this strike will not last more than two weeks. If you recall, we were supposed to go on strike in November, but we didn’t start it because NIREC came in and intervened. We conceded to them.

‘’They met with the president, he set up a committee headed by the chief of staff that should resolve this quickly, the world saw it in the press, they did nothing. The president set up the Munzali committee, we met them , nothing, they didn’t come back.

“They set up the Nimi Briggs committee; it’s now more than three months, two months we finished negotiating with them, they didn’t come back. The president directed the Ministry of Education to finish within two weeks, two weeks have passed, and they didn’t come back."

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