ASUU: FG Issues Update on When Strike Will End

Minister Labour, Dr Chris Ngige

Nigeria’s Federal Government has said the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike would soon come to a final end.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Tuesday during an interview on Channels TV.

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Ngige revealed that the Ministries of Finance, Education, Labour and Employment and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation will meet to dialogue with the body.

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The Minister said;
“The issue of ASUU will soon come to an end. Two reasons – ASUU have called the Federal Government represented by Finance and the Accountant-General Office and their direct employers, the Ministry of Education to come for the test.”

“We are ready to do that. After the independence day celebration, the four ministries and agencies involved will gather together with ASUU. We will look at the UTAS. If there are shortcomings with IPPIS as complained which UTAS have corrected. What’s wrong about it? It is software, we will look at it.”

“Secondly, ASUU members have been collecting their money since COVID-19 came and I wrote a memo to Mr president that ASUU members are still Nigerians. Even the members, have families that they care for. By upper week, we are going to arrange for this demonstration.”

ASUU had earlier said it had not called off its nationwide industrial action which has been on since March.

Also, the President of ASUU Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has vowed that the union would sustain its ongoing strike action until its requirements were met.

According to Ogunyemi, ASUU is asking the Federal Government to implement the 2012 universities’ needs assessment.

The ASUU leader had during a press conference on March 23, announced the nationwide strike, adding that the union rejected the use of force to enrol on Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS).

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