FG, ASUU Meeting End in Deadlock, as both Parties Disagree over Modality of Payment of Salaries

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The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) held a meeting on Wednesday which ended in a deadlock, following the disagreement between both parties on the modality for the payment of salaries and the N30 billion earned allowance for the university lecturers.

Charles Akpan, the spokesman of the Ministry of Labour and Employment disclosed this in a statement. He said,

“The federal government had offered to pay the varsity teachers’ salaries and allowances through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform pending the roll-out of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) preferred by the union.”

However, the ASUU delegation led by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has refused the condition that the university lecturers should enroll in IPPIS.

The government had last week agreed to pay N30 billion being pending academic allowance for university teachers.

According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, the money would be paid in two tranches between May 2021 and February 2022.

The government has also reportedly agreed to release N30 billion for the revitalisation of the education sector.

The meeting was adjourned till Monday to enable the ASUU leaders get across to their members on the mode of payment of the funds.