Paschal Emeka, Abuja

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will be updated on the state of negotiations between the government and striking university workers on or before Wednesday.

A statement by Olajide Oshundun, the Spokesperson of the Ministry in Abuja, informed that the president will, after the briefing, make decisions on the contentious issues of payment platforms, conditions of service and wage increase for the striking workers.

According to the statement, from Oshundun, who is the head, press and public relations of Ministry of Labour, “it is hoped that before Wednesday this week, all the various sub-committees will turn in their reports, to enable Mr. President to be briefed fully and for decisions to be taken on the contentious payment platform and the renegotiation of the conditions of service, especially the issue of wage increase.”

“It is after receiving briefings from the government side that the Ministry of Labour will bring all the stakeholders, including the unions, to a conference table to look at the agreement before signing or endorsement,” the statement further said.

The striking university workers had rejected the continuous use of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for the payment of their salaries and other entitlements, alleging irregularities on the platform.

While the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is requesting the adoption of University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) it developed, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and other Allied Institutions (NASU) have requested the adoption of University Peculiar Payroll Payment System (U3PS).

In protest of the continuous use of IPPIS and refusal to implement the renegotiated 2009 agreement that was completed in May 2021, ASUU resumed nationwide strike on February 14. The strike has been rolled over for more than 130 days since February.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of SSANU and NASU has also extended its strike by two months to end by August.

In protest of the continuous use of IPPIS and refusal to implement the renegotiated 2009 agreement that was completed in May 2021, ASUU resumed nationwide strike on February 14.

The strike has been rolled over for more than 130 days since February.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of SSANU and NASU has also extended its strike by two months to end by August.

He said that “these clarifications are necessary so that the public will understand our role in the Ministry of Labour as conciliators and arbitrators in a labour dispute.”

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