The Federal Government, yesterday, distanced itself from reports making the rounds that it was contemplating different payment schedules for the various trade unions in tertiary institutions.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had insisted on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) being created, claiming that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was short-changing the teachers.
Government, in March, said UTAS had failed three integrity tests.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU) also had Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) as their variant.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, told reporters after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Abuja, that efforts were ongoing to resolve the crisis soon.
ASUU Strike: FG Denies Considering Multiple Payment Platforms
He said contrary to insinuations that the government had ignored ASUU, there had been a series of meetings between concerned parties with the next one holding today.
IN another development, the Federal Government said it has approved the opening of a job portal for Nigerians at home and abroad.
Ngige, who also made the disclosure, said the digitisation of operations of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) had equally been approved by the government.
He said his ministry presented two memos, stating: “The first was presented on behalf of our parastatal, NSITF.”
He said e-NSITF would cost N1.2 billion.
Ngige also said the council equally approved a portal, Nigerian Labour Exchange (NILEX) domiciled in his ministry, for employment and job creation.
The Federal Government on Wednesday said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would soon be called off.
This was as it said there are no plans to establish an alternative payment table for all the labour unions in tertiary institutions.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja.