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FG, ASUU SETS FOR MEETING TO RESOLVE STRIKE

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are set to meet on Thursday, October 15, 2020, to find a lasting solution to the over six months strike by the university lecturers.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, would host the meeting with the leadership of ASUU in Abuja, Charles Akpan, the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry, said in a statement on Thursday, October 15.


ASUU had embarked on a nationwide strike following the Federal Government's decision to enforce the use of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System for salary payment.


The union has insisted they want their salaries paid via the University Transparency Account System (UTAS).


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However, there are strong indications that the strike action would soon be resolved as the union met with the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, October 13.


The meeting, which was presided by Lawan, had in attendance the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; 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.


Dr Ngige, addressing newsmen after the meeting that lasted for three hours, said ASUU has shown commitment to ensuring that the UTAS they developed could work.


“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 said.


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