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Nigerian govt meets ASUU on fresh strike



The Federal Government met the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday over the union’s threat to embark on a fresh strike in the country.

The meeting, according to a statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, was convened by the minister in charge of the ministry, Chris Ngige, to evaluate the implementation of the agreement signed by both parties last year.

The meeting took place at the ministry’s Conference Hall in Abuja.

ASUU suspended its nine-month strike on December 5 last year.

The university lecturers are demanding improved conditions in the institutions and their exclusion from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), among others.

ASUU had a few weeks ago threatened to resume the strike over the federal government’s alleged failure to honour the agreement.

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Ngige said the meeting evaluated seven key issues, with both parties expressing satisfaction with the implementation stages of the agreement.

He said the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been directed to expedite action on the integrity test on the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) proposed by the university lecturers.

The minister added that the government had also paid the sum of N30billion as the University Revitalization Fund as contained in the agreement since January.

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