Below is the latest updates:
1. Again, FG, ASUU unable to agree on payment platform
For the second time in one week, the meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked on Wednesday as they failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.
The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
But the ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment should be made through the UTAS.
2. Strike: ASUU, FG continue negotiation
Academic Staff Union of Universities and Federal Government have resumed their negotiation over the strike embarked upon by the lecturers.
They had adjourned their meeting till Monday after the meeting last Wednesday ended in a deadlock.
The parley is expected to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG.
The FG team had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30 billion earned allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
But the ASUU delegation reportedly insisted that the university teachers would not enrol on the government salary platform.
3. Public varsity students in limbo as ASUU, FG foot-drag over strike
GRACE EDEMA writes on the faceoff between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, which has led to a strike of about seven months by lecturers of the nation’s ivory towers
Aside from passing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the post-UTME, one of the fears of Nigerian admission seekers is the unknown number of years they may spend in the public tertiary institutions when and if admitted.
When students are unable to finish their programmes at the specified time due to one industrial action or the other, they get weary as their hopes are dashed and the future looks bleak.
In Nigeria, studies have shown that if a student does not have an extra year, it is certain that a strike action will elongate his stay on campus.
Over time, several unions on Nigerian campuses have always employed the use of industrial action to drive home their point with the Federal Government, which they claim has a penchant for dishonouring agreements.