ASUU Strike: FG, Senate, ASUU Meet to Appraise UTAS

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ASUU Strike: FG, Senate, ASUU Meet to Appraise UTAS
Nwolu Obiajulu

As part of ongoing negotiations towards resolving the dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal government, Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige led a delegation of the Federal Government to a closed doors meeting with the Senate to evaluate the University Transparency Account Systems payroll system developed ASUU.

The meeting convened by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, as part of efforts to bring an end to the eight-month strike action by ASUU had in attendance the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the Accountant Gneral of te Federation, Ahmed Idris and the ASUU leadership headed by the President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi.

In his interaction with journalists at the end of the meeting, Ngige said, “ASUU has demonstrated to us, how the UTAS they developed could work but the demonstration will continue. We will involve other government agencies who would also come and assess it. Discussions on it are not foreclosed yet.

“UTAS is homegrown software. It is what we call local content that Mr President is encouraging.  It will be considered by the government,” Ngige added.

ASUU had consistently cited rejection of the IPPIS as one of the factors for its industrial action declared in February.

Ahmed Lawan surged ASUU and the Federal Government to reach a compromise on their differences as the prolonged strike would not profit either parties.

He said, “It has to be a win-win situation.”

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