The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has shifted ground in its negotiations with the federal government.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the ASUU shifted grounds on FG’s offer, insisting that payment of outstanding salaries must not be done as though using the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
Recall that the ASUU and the FG reached a level of understanding last week with the Union expected to call off the over 8 months old strike today.
ASUU, following negotiations with the FG, said it would consult with its council to make their final intention known if the strike would be suspended or not.
The government agreed to use the old platform before IPPIS, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System to pay the striking lecturers.
The government agreed to pay the striking lecturers all withheld salaries through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) until ASUU’s University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) was ready for usage.
On revitalization, the government offered N15 billion in addition to the N20 billion pledged earlier, and some institutions had already taken their stand on the latest offer issued by the FG.
However, following an elaborate meeting on Friday, the Union insisted that payment of outstanding salaries must not be done as through IPPIS platform if strike would be suspended.
Today’s meeting between the ASUU and the FG is the seventh in efforts to appease the striking lecturers and call off the 9 months strike.
ASUU has refused to call off the strike at the time of filing this report.