FG Resumes Negotiations With ASUU

Minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige, says the federal government is working on measures to resolve the issues which led to the current strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

ASUU had, on February 14, declared a one-month strike.

Speaking with state house correspondents on Tuesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the strike, Ngige said actions are on course to resolve the crisis.

The academics are seeking improved welfare, revitalisation of public universities and university autonomy among other demands.

Both parties disagreed on who is delaying the evaluation process for the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), ASUU’s preferred payroll system.

While the Minister said the union is delaying the process of finalizing with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on areas where harmonization is needed, the academics insisted that NITDA was unprepared for them.

Disagreement over a payroll system is one critical factor that the academics have listed for embarking on the latest strike.