There are hopes Friday night that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may soon be called off as the Federal Government agrees to use the old payment platform to pay lecturers’ withheld salaries.
The union made this known on its official Twitter handle on Friday night, adding that the government has agreed to drop the Integrated Payroll Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) for now in paying the lecturers’ outstanding salaries and continue with the test on the union’s alternative University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The Federal Government also offered N15bn in addition to the N20bn revitalisation money earlier pledged to the union.
The union said it would consult with its council and get back to government on whether the strike would be suspended or not.
The Tweets read, “ The Negotiation between FG and #ASUU today yielded very good results. 1. The government has agreed to use the old platform before #IPPIS, to pay all withheld salaries. 2. #UTAS is still undergoing usability test.
“On revitalization, the government offered N15billion in addition to the N20billion pledged earlier. 4.
“#ASUU would now consult with its council and then get back to the government in a short while, to make their final intention known; if the strike will be suspended or not.”
#Updated (Outcome of Friday Meeting)
The Negotiation between FG and #ASUU today yielded very good results.
1. The government has agreed to use the old platform before #IPPIS, to pay all withheld salaries.
— Official_ASUU (@ASUUNGR) November 20, 2020