FG bows to pressure, exempts ASUU from IPPIS, offers N65bn

By Daniel Ayantoye

After 8 Months of ASUU Strike, the Federal Government has agreed to exempt members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS).

The FG also agreed to provide an additional sum of N15 billion to ASUU, making a cumulative sum of N65 billion offered to ASUU for the settlement of the lecturers’ allowances and the revitalization of the university system.

The government team gave the offer to ASUU during a 7-hours negotiation meeting on Friday, November 20, 2020.

CAMPUS FOCUS recalls that the federal government had earlier insisted that the lecturers’ body could not determine how it should be paid to its employers.

While reading the communique at the end of negotiations, minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige disclosed that the federal government shifted ground on some demands of ASUU.

Ngige also noted that the salary arrears of the body’s members from February to June 2020 will be paid using the old salary payment platform, GIFIMS.

The Minister also said “Office of the Accountant General of the federation, the NUC and the Vice Chancellor are to work together to make sure that withheld salaries is paid through the old platform for the months of February, March, April, May, June.”

With this new turn, there are strong indication that members of ASUU may resume back to classes soon.

Speaking at the meeting, the President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi stated that the offer will be presented to the members for consideration and return back to Government.

“Government has giving us some new offers and we promise government that we present faithfully to our members”

The parley between the government and ASUU has however been adjourned till Friday next week for the stakeholders to further concretize the resolutions.

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