The Federal Government of Nigeria during its meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU leadership yesterday, promised to revitalize the country’s education sector.
The government after hours of deliberations with the union leadership agreed to release N30 billion earned academic allowance which will be paid in tranches.
In its bid to end the lingering strike which is about seven-month now, the government pledged to release N20bn on the revitalisation of the education sector. Naija News understands that ASUU on Thursday, again insisted that the government should pay their outstanding salaries through GIFMIS before full implementation of University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, but the government stands its ground on using the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
The universities union in disagreement with the government’s payment system, directed all its members across universities in Nigeria to reject IPPIS officials visiting various campuses on Monday, October 19 for biometric data capturing of its members. The directive was contained in an official letter, signed by Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, President of ASUU and sent to all zonal coordinators and all its members yesterday, Naija News understands.
The union in the letter, vowed not to jeopardize the ongoing critical engagement with the federal government, warning its members to have nothing to do with the IPPIS.
A part of the letter reads; “All ASUU members should have nothing to do with them. Fact-Check by ASUU with the figures from the OAGF has proven the claim that our members are trooping to enrol in the IPPIS in Abuja as false.”
“The leadership of our great Union is fully aware of the hardship the non-payment of salaries by the Accountant-General and other forms of intimidation by over-zealous Vice-Chancellors have unleashed on our membership and we are leaving no stone unturned to redress the situation”.
“Therefore, all members of ASUU should STAY AWAY from anything related to IPPIS, so as not to jeopardize the ongoing critical engagement with the Federal Government,” the letter added.
In another news, the Oyo State House of Assembly has granted the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, request to borrow an N100 billion bond for his government to finance priority projects in the State for rapid socio-economic development of the State, Naija News reports.
Source: Naija News