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Soon ASUU will end their strike says Ngige

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On Wednesday, the Federal Government said that the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ strike would end soon.

This was because it said that there are no plans to set up an alternative payment table for all the labor unions in tertiary institutions.

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Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment, told State House Correspondents this at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, which was led by President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) in the Council Chambers of the presidential villa in Abuja.

Even though the strike has been going on for four months, Ngige told Nigerians that work was being done to solve the ongoing dispute, which is mostly caused by payment platforms.

Since February 14, 2022, ASUU has stopped all academic work at Nigerian universities. The union had insisted that its own payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution, be used.

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It said that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, which is backed by the government, was cheating its members.

But in March of last year, the Federal Government said that UTAS couldn’t be used widely because it failed three tests of its reliability.

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Aside from UTAS, the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System was also proposed by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions.

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Ngige said that the Federal Government was talking to ASUU, even though some people thought it was ignoring the union.

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