The striking lectures are at war over which payment platform to be adopted in public varsities between the government-approved Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and ASUU-preferred UTAS.
“Nonetheless, the ministry will not allow itself to be bullied by any union into forcing any payment platform on government, which took a decision to adopt the IPPIS a long time ago in 2017.
“ASUU should know that we are arbitrators and conciliators. We cannot manufacture agreements. Regardless, we are not constrained from listening to the government side and pushing them to do their own bit as quickly as possible.
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.” The statement read.
Buhari to Decide on ASUU Strike this Week
President Muhammadu Buhari will soon take a decision on the controversial University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and the condition of service for universities lecturers this week
To guide the President in taking a decision, the inter-ministerial departments and agencies committees of the Federal Government will turn in their reports on Wednesday.
The reports of the committees could bring an end to the four-month old strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Dr. Ngige dropped the hint in a statement yesterday by his ministry’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun.
“Why We Didn’t Invite ASUU to Thursday’s Meeting”, Ngige Clarifies
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has explained the reason the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions were not invited to the last Thursday’s meeting of the federal government’s negotiating team held in Abuja.