Seven-Month Strike Lingers As ASUU, Govt Fight Over Payment Platform

The Federal Government criticised the Academic Staff Union Universities, saying issues concerning seven-month strike by the union were confusing.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who stated this in an interview in Abuja, accused the union of muddling things up over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

But in its response, the union said government wanted to turn Nigerians against university lecturers.

Recall that ASUU had on March 23 begun an indefinite strike over the Federal Government’s insistence on implementing the IPPIS, which the government said all its employees must adopt for their salaries to be paid.

Besides opposing the IPPIS, union also accused the Federal Government of not abiding by agreements both sides signed a few years ago.

Two weeks ago, there were  indications that the strike  would soon end as the Federal Government said that it might consider adopting the University Transparency Account System , which ASUU developed as an alternative to the IPPIS.

But the hope that students of public universities would soon resume dimmed on Sunday as the government and ASUU tackled each other on the payment system.

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