The striking union, ASUU and the federal government executive met on Friday the 20th of November to continue the negotiations for ending the 8 months old strike.
The usual meeting days had been Mondays and Wednesdays, so we expected a change, and we got it.
Finally there’s a head way. The outcome of the closed door meeting held on Friday towards ending the strike is this:
1. The federal government have finally agreed to exempt university lecturers from the proposed payment system which is the IPPIS. The lecturers are going to be paid their withheld salary arrears from February to June using the old payment platform GIFIMS.
Note that one major bone of factor that has made the strike to linger this long is the fact that ASUU rejected the IPPIS and proposed UTAS.
2. The revitalisation fund and earned allowance money.
The government has also agreed to increase the money offered to ASUU; the end allowances of university staffs from 30 billion naira to 35 billion naira, for the revitalisation fund, from 20 billion naira to 35 billion naira. FG adds an additional N15 billion to the revitalisation fund.
ASUU and FG to reconvene next week Friday
How will the union respond? Everyone is waiting eagerly for the announcement that ASUU strike is over. We hope for an official announcement from ASUU before next week.
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