The 6-month long strike may be called off today as the federal Government has agreed to adopt the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) as the payment platform of lecturers.
By Ife Osemedua
365Daily- The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has disclosed that its 6-months long strike may be called off today as the federal Government has agreed to adopt the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) as the payment platform of lecturers.
The ASUU president, said this on Monday, August 15, 2022, during an interview with Channels Television.
He added that the federal government has scheduled a meeting between them for today, Tuesday, for renegotiation, which if successful, will lead to ASUU calling off its strike.
The ASUU president. said: “We have not had any serious communication though they have invited us for a meeting on one issue, tomorrow (referring to Tuesday), which is the issue of renegotiation.
“You know that there are seven issues why we are on strike. They are inviting for discussion on issue of renegotiation, tomorrow, which is renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.
“The issues of IPPIS and UTAS have been put to rest because the test has been done and it has been agreed with the chief of staff, UTAS will be implemented to cover the university.
“Two, if this government is serious, this strike will not last more than two weeks. If you recall, we were going to, supposed to go on strike in November, we didn’t start it because NIREC came in and intervened. We conceded to them.
‘’They met with the president, he set up a committee headed by the chief of staff that should resolve this quickly, the world saw it in the press, they did nothing. The president set up the Munzali committee, we met them, nothing, they didn’t come back.
“They set up the Nimi Briggs committee, it’s now more than three months, two months we finished negotiating with them, they didn’t come back. The president directed the Ministry of Education to finish within two weeks, two weeks has passed, they didn’t come back.
“If we go into that meeting tomorrow and government say what we have negotiated, we are willing to sign, the strike will be called off.”
On February 14, 2022,ASUU embarked on strike over government’s failure to implement its demands on salaries and allowances of lecturers, improved funding for universities, as well as the adoption of UTAS against the federal government’s preferred payment platform, which is the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).