The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to call off its eight-month strike after reportedly agreeing a deal to receive N70bn from the FG.
This comes after a closed door meeting was held in Abuja on Friday which saw the union agree terms with the FG. In attendance were Minister of Labour and Emplyment, Dr Chris Ngige and the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi amongst others.
According to reports, the FG who had offered N65bn in a meeting held last week Friday had yesterday increased their offer to N70bn which sees the funds for earned allowances reach N40bn while N30bn was promised by the FG for the revitalisation of universities.
In the meeting held last week Friday, the FG had also agreed to exclude ASUU members from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) while the academic body proposed payment system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution awaits an approval.
In a press briefing given by the Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, he explained that the meeting was fruitful adding that the government made a proposal to the union to take back to its members.
“Many issues were discussed at the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalisation of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting,” he said.
ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi spoke briefly on the move saying that everything Ngige said was true. However, the Union President refused to give further details about the meeting with the FG.
With a deal said to have been agreed, reports claim that ASUU will refrain from an official announcement of the agreement until the academic body meets with its organs for full approval.