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Strike: What We Discussed With ASUU – FG

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed what was discussed with the officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in an eight hours meeting on Tuesday.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who briefed Journalists at end of the meeting around 11pm said the two parties had deliberations on contentious issues, especially the issue of IPPIS.

“We made new proposal on behalf of FG to ASUU. These issues range from funding, revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowances, salary shortfalls in Federal University of Akure and the issue of state universities.”

“We also addressed payment of earned academic allowances to University of Ilorin. On the Nigerian University Pension Commission, certificate was issued last year but operational certificate had not been issued because we do not have a permanent PENCOM board in place.”

“We have made proposal on how NUPENCO board will be able to fulfill its obligation, especially in terms of preparation of annual audit reports.”

“Issue of visitation panel to the universities has been on the table since last year. The Government side made progress and that approval has been gotten, and we are waiting for the gazette of the membership of the visitation panel”, he said.

The lecturers had since last week embarked on a two weeks warning strike. They had their first meeting with Federal Government last Thursday but did not yield any positive results.

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