FG, ASUU to Resume Talks on Friday
…Strike not about IPPIS alone, union insists
The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will resume talks on Friday, according to the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The spokesman of the ministry, Mr. Charles Akpan, confirmed last night that the talks with the ASUU leaders would hold at the minister’s conference hall.
This is coming as ASUU has said it would not call off its eight-month strike even if the federal government withdraws the Integrated Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) as a means of paying them.
The Benin Zone of the union also yesterday expressed doubt over the capability and commitment of Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, to midwife any peaceful resolution of the issues that led to the ongoing strike in the country’s public universities.
The Coordinator, ASUU Owerri zone, Mr. Uzo Onyibinama stated the union’s position on IPPIS in a press briefing held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.