• Seven-month strike lingers as ASUU, govt fight over payment platform

    Published November 2, 2020

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    The Federal Government on Sunday criticised the Academic Staff Union Universities, saying issues concerning seven - month strike by the union were confusing.

    The Minister of State for Education , Emeka Nwajiuba , who stated this in an interview with one of correspondents in Abuja , accused the union of muddling things up over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System .

    But in its response, the union said government wanted to turn Nigerians against university lecturers.

    Recall that ASUU had on March 23 begun an indefinite strike over the Federal Government ’ s insistence on implementing the IPPIS , which the government said all its employees must adopt for their salaries to be paid.

    Besides opposing the IPPIS , union also accused the Federal Government of not abiding by agreements both sides signed a few years ago .

    Two weeks ago , there were indications that the strike would soon end as the Federal Government said that it might consider adopting the University Transparency Account System , which ASUU developed as an alternative to the IPPIS .

    But the hope that students of public universities would soon resume dimmed on Sunday as the government and ASUU tackled each other on the payment system .

    Berating ASUU, the Minister of State for Education , Nwajiuba , said , “ We have a situation that is quite confusing because a lot of the issues are muddled up so you don’ t know which one they ( ASUU) want to address and which one they don’ t want to address. ”

    He said government would not integrate ASUU’ s payment system with the IPPIS until it is tested.

    The minister stated, “ If we are going to start adopting platforms from different groups, it will defeat the entire purpose for which we want to have a unified way of knowing how much we owe or due to pay at any time so that we can budget for it and plan for it . They ( ASUU) said no , they had a system that they would like to develop, government said , ‘ go ahead develop any system , it is not a problem . ’

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