Learnallpro reports that The Federal Government has guaranteed that academic activities will resume in earnest due to its commitment to resolving disputes with university-based unions.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the Academic Staff Union of Universities are currently on strike (ASUU).
Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, stated that the strike will end soon following the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa’s Council Chambers in Abuja.
Denying that the Federal Government intended to change the payment schedule for unions, the minister stated that the government had called all relevant agencies, including the National Information Development Agency (NITDA), to brief it on progress in resolving the contentious issues that had sparked the unions’ ongoing strike.
According to him, the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS), proposed by ASUU as an alternative platform, and the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS), proposed by SSANU and NASU, will be discussed during the meeting on Thursday.
The minister stated that he was awaiting the findings of the Tripartite Plus Committee, which included representatives from the National University Commission (NUC), the Chief of Staff, the Salaries and Wages Income Commission, the Ministry of Education, and the striking unions.