- The hope of resumption back to the classrooms in Nigerian varsities has again hit the bricks
- The meeting between ASUU leadership and the federal government ended in deadlock
- At the meeting held on Wednesday, both parties could not agree on the adoption of UTAS for the payment of N30bn earned allowance
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Again, the meeting between the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the federal government has ended in deadlock, meaning that students and lecturers will have to wait for as strike continues.
The meeting, which was held on Wednesday, October 28, hit the rock as both parties failed to reach a unilateral agreement on the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
ASUU had previously presented UTAS, which is its home-grown payment system to the federal government, in place of the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The body was expected to call off its strike and mandate lecturers to resume back to lecture rooms on Wednesday, October 21, after striking an agreement with the representatives of the federal government.
The meeting between Prof Biodun Ogunyemi-led ASUU leadership with the federal government ended in deadlock.
Credit: The Guardian.
But in a sudden turn of event, the body said it would only end the strike action after its home-grown UTAS has passed the federal government's integrity test.
However, a federal government team led by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, refused that the N30bn earned allowance of the lecturers promised earlier be paid with a platform different from IPPIS.
ASUU chairman, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, also stood the ground that the payment should be made through the UTAS.
Eventually, both teams agreed to consult their principals, with another meeting scheduled to hold next week Wednesday, November 4.
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Meanwhile, ASUU came under attack as the federal government described the condition set by the body before it can end its strike as "unreasonable."
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said ASUU's demand is ridiculous because varsity lecturers cannot determine how they should be paid by their employers which is the federal government.
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