The Federal Minister of Labour and Employment and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU ,met on Wednesday, to further discussions on payment platform for the Academic Staff of Universities, It was gathered that the meeting ended without both parties agreeing to end months of industrial action embarked by the lecturers.
ASUU on Thursday, insisted that universities will remain closed until their demands are met which included payment of members salaries running for months, approval of a special payment platform, and revitalising the universities.
ASUU had proposed its own payment platform christened”University Transparency and Accountability Solution (,UTAS) which it preferred to the Federal Government”Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) as it noted that the (IPPIS) lacked transparency and had deprived members of their entitlements.
Leadership of the National Assembly had waded into the matter by calling on both parties to negotiate so as not to further prolong the strike by the academic body of universities which began since March 23, 2020.
Current matters gathered that a meeting of the Federal Government and ASUU have been rescheduled for next week in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja
Whether that meeting will direct the path of resumption of universities or deadlocked as usual is only a matter of time.