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After months of negotiations, ASUU has finally agreed to end its long strike action and return to the classrooms.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has announced it has reached an agreement with the Federal Government over major issues that will lead to the end of its strike.
This was disclosed by the ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
” The agreement was reached on the early hours on Wednesday morning after eight-hour close-door meeting of negotiations between both parties.
” ASUU expresses joy on how the Federal Government handled the negotiation process and that they will be having their own executive meeting to conclude and gets back to the Government within 24hrs,” ASUU said on social media.
ASUU embarked on the strike action in March 2020, following its disagreement with the Federal Government over the funding of the universities and implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which according to the union, negates the autonomy policy for the universities.
Since then, the Ministries of Finance, Education, Labour and Employment, and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation have been meeting with ASUU and resolve the disagreement.
ASUU, however, has its own developed and preferred payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which the government said it is looking into.
After months of negotiations, the Federal Government on Friday, November 20, 2020, agreed to exclude members of ASUU from the IPPIS.
The government also shifted grounds, as it agreed to pay outstanding salaries to the university lecturers from February to June, through the old salary payment platform, Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System, as well as resolve other issues for a lasting industrial harmony in the university system.