FG accepts ASUU’s demands

…Exempts Union from IPPIS, raises allowances, othersAfter weeks of negotiations and foot-dragging, the Federal Government yesterday accepted the demand by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System,(IPPIS). Reading out the communique at the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said the governmentalso shifted grounds on a number of issues, including the insistence that all the academic staff of the federal universities must be paid through the…

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‘FG deploying hunger on our members to enroll in IPPIS platform’ – ASUU

…Says private varsities recruiting their members  The Benin Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday said the Federal Government was using hunger to compel its members to enroll in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). In a statement issued in Benin City by the Union’s Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Fred Esumeh, the union said that since the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has been talking like a spoiler and anti-ASUU agent rather than…

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ASUU: No hope in sight to resume schools – Lecturers tell students, parents

It appears that there is no hope in sight to call-off the lingering strike action, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), has informed parents and students. The Zonal Coordinator of the Abuja zone of ASUU, Prof. Theophilus Lagi, made this known in a press conference at the University of Abuja campus, yesterday.  ASUU had embarked on strike shortly before the Covid-19 lockdown, demanding the fulfillment of its 1999 agreement with the Federal Government, accusing the Buhari-led administration  of not showing commitment in resolving the issues.  Picture caption: Minister of…

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Prominent Kano cleric appeals to FG, ASUU to end 7-month old strike

A prominent Islamic Scholar in Kano State, Sheikh Abdulwahab Gadon-Kaya has appealed to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to find a lasting solution to the ongoing ASUU strike. The Islamic Scholar made the call during a Town Hall meeting tagged ‘Struggle: In Defense of Nigerian Public Universities’ held on Saturday in Kano. According to him, there was the need for the urgent reopening of the Universities because the seven month old strike had generated a lot of issues, including  pushing many students into committing different…

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Strike: FG, ASUU meeting ends in deadlock

‘We won’t work on an empty stomach’ – Lecturers  The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), over the poor funding of Universities and the controversy surrounding the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, (IPPIS), payment platform, yesterday ended without any resolution. Speaking at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told journalists that the government cannot meet the demand of ASUU for revitalisation because of the damaging effects of COVID-19 on the economy. This is as…

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IPPIS: Again, FG, ASUU meeting ends in deadlock

The meeting between the Federal Government and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, platform last night ended in deadlock. There were heated arguments between representatives of Federal Government and ASUU as the two parties maintained their positions on PPIS. The meeting took place at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja. As the meeting progressed, the quiet atmosphere suddenly changed when a top member of ASUU delegation accused the Minister of Labour and Employment,…

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IPPIS: We’re looking into ASUU’s preferred payment platform, says Ngige

Indications emerged Tuesday night that the Federal Government may adopt the University Transparency Account System (UTAS), a payment platform developed by ASUU in preference to IPPIS. The Academic Staff Union of Universities has pushed for adoption of UTAS instead of Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) which it insisted that they would never succumb. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told journalists after about two and half hours closed door meeting with the Senate leadership on Tuesday. He said the alternative platform presented by ASUU is home grown…

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ASUU unveils UTAS as alternative to IPPIS

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said on Tuesday its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) was read for integrity tests. The university lecturers had proposed the UTAS as an alternative to the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). The ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja, said the union had fulfilled the requirement of the federal government in successfully developing the payment system. He insisted that UTAS remained a more effective alternative to IPPIS, saying the platform “does…

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