The Federal Government on Friday shifted grounds on some of the demands raised by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
After over eight hours of deliberations, the government agreed to make some adjustments, offering additional sum of N15billion to ASUU to make it a cumulative sum of N65billion to be released to the union. The amount is for the settlement of revitalisation funds for Universities and Earned Academic Allowances.
But despite the development there was no immediate commitment from ASUU on whether it will consider suspending the ongoing strike. The meeting was however, adjourned to next Friday for both parties to further digest the resolutions.
On the contentious Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System IPPIS, ASUU told the meeting that it had carried out a demonstration of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS, to all stakeholders and end users on Thursday November 5, 2020.
The union further said the demonstration was done at the National Universities Commission where some questions raised about the functionality and credibility were immediately addressed.
On withheld salaries and non remittance of check off dues, both parties agreed that the Federal Ministry of Education and Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment should reconsider the “No Work, No Pay” with a view to getting approval for the withheld salaries to be paid.
The meeting also agreed that the mode of payment applied for the payment of those not been captured in the IPPIS platform between the months of February and June 2020 be adopted for the purpose of payment during this transition period.