The Federal Government has stated that it has met all the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to enable them to end the lingering strike.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, made this known while speaking on Channels Television.
While insisting that there is nothing stopping the lecturers from returning to classrooms, the Minister said the lingering strike should be blamed on the lecturers.
Nwajiuba said: “The lecturers can be back in the classroom tomorrow if they say they want to go back. There is nothing withholding the lecturers from entering the classroom tomorrow.
“Everything that the government needs to do is done. If you want your salaries, get on the platform and collect your salaries.”
Naija News reports that ASUU and the federal government have been at loggerheads over lecturers refusal to enrol on the payment platform, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Meanwhile, ASUU has maintained that the current strike action will continue until any time the federal government meets the demands by the union.
This position was reiterated by the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Calabar Zone, Dr. Aniekan Brown while giving an update to newsmen on the face-off between the lecturers and the government.
According to Brown, apart from other demands tabled before the federal government, ASUU will also not agree to the deployment of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in Universities, adding that the union has already recommended an alternative – University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which he maintained suits the peculiarities of the university environment.