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FG, ASUU to decide fate of Nigerian students on Monday

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Representatives of the Federal Government and executives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has scheduled a meeting for Monday to review the interim agreement reached on Thursday.

POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that the two parties agreed on the integration the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) after a four-hour meeting held today.

Recall that ASUU on Monday instructed lecturers in federal universities across the country to begin two weeks warning strike in response to the government’s decision to stop the February salaries of lecturers who have not registered on the IPPIS platform.

This paper reported how academic activities have been grounded in top universities in the country.

The IPPIS is the government’s accountability software that has been made compulsory for all public institutions, mainly for personnel payroll.

ASUU is opposed to the use of IPPIS for lecturers saying it does not consider some of the peculiar operations of universities. The lecturers’ union then developed its own UTAS which it wants the government to adopt for universities.

Although both parties did not reveal the conditions of the parley to the media, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, said the two parties will reconvene on Monday after the ASUU delegation deliberates with its National Executive Council (NEC).

Also, the National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said the National Executive Committee of the union will review the conditions for the integration of UTAS into IPPIS .

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