The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it would now consult with its council to make their final intention known if the strike would be suspended or not.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports ASUU made this known on Friday following negotiations between the federal government (FG) and the Union.
The government agreed to use the old platform before Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System.
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.
“ASUU would now consult with its council and then get back to the government in a short while, to make their final intention known; if the strike will be suspended or not,” the Union tweeted.
At the end of the seven-hour meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige told reporters that the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) has offered to release N40 billion or in the alternative, N35 billion to be shared by all the registered Trade Unions in the universities after providing necessary evidence of having earned the allowance.
“The FG reiterated that her offer of N40 billion or 35 billion whichever is accepted by ASUU was for all the universities unions: ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions,” the Minister said.
Ngige said all vice-chancellors are to submit details of the EAA/EA to the National Universities Commission (NUC) on or before November 30.
Speaking on the issue of withheld salaries, Ngige said the Federal Ministry of Labour and Federal Ministry of Education will review the issue of “no work, no pay” as stipulated in Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act Cap T8 laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 with a view to getting approval for the withheld salaries to be paid.