Olaleye Idowu

After Long-walk of negotiating battle between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of the university (ASUU), Nigeria government had accepted the part of the demands of the union exempting it from integral Payroll and Personnel Information System.

It also shifted ground on a number of issues including the insistence that all the academic staff of the federal universities must be paid through ippis code.

In a communiqué after seven hours of negotiation with the union members in the federal capital, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said the government also agreed to ASUU’s demand to pay their members’ salary arrears from February to June through the old salary payment platform, Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System.

The government also offered to raise the Earned Allowances to university staff from N30bn to N35bn and the revitalization fund from N20bn to N25bn.

The breakthrough in negotiations is expected to end the eight-month strike embarked on by the university lecturers

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