The federal government has decided to use the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) as the lecturers’ payment platform, according to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
ASUU: FG has agreed on UTAS- strike will be called off if an agreement is reached on Tuesday
The ASUU president, Emmanuel Osodeke, talked on Channels Television on Monday.
Since February 14, ASUU has been on strike in protest of the federal government’s refusal to comply with its demands regarding lecturers’ salaries and benefits, increased university funding, and the adoption of UTAS in place of the preferred payment system, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The ASUU strike, which began on Tuesday, has now lasted 183 days, which has angered students, parents, and other stakeholders.
The ASUU president stated on Monday that the federal government has invited the union to a meeting on Tuesday to discuss renegotiation.
Osodeke stated that if the federal government accedes to ASUU’s requests in today’s meeting, the strike will be called off.
“We have not had any serious communication though they have invited us for a meeting on one issue, tomorrow (referring to Tuesday), which is the issue of renegotiation,” he said.
“You know that there are seven issues why we are on strike. They are inviting for discussion on issue of renegotiation, tomorrow, which is renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.
“The issues of IPPIS and UTAS has been put to rest because the test has been done and it has been agreed with the chief of staff, UTAS will be implemented to cover the university.
“Two, if this government is serious, this strike will not last more than two weeks. If you recall we were going to suppose to go on strike in November, we didn’t start it because NIREC came in and intervened. We conceded to them.
‘’They met with the president, he set up a committee headed by the chief of staff that should resolve this quickly, the world saw it in the press, they did nothing. The president set up the Munzali committee, we met them , nothing, they didn’t come back.
“They set up the Nimi Briggs committee, it’s now more than three months, two months we finished negotiating with them, they didn’t come back. The president directed the Ministry of Education to finish within two weeks, two weeks has passed, they didn’t come back.
“If we go into that meeting tomorrow and government say what we have negotiated, we are willing to sign, the strike will be called off.”