The federal government said on Wednesday, June 22, that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon be called off.
The Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, revealed this at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Council Chamber of the presidential villa, Abuja.
The minister, who denied the accusation that the Federal Government was planning to create a different pay table for unions, said that the government had called in all relevant agencies, including the National Information Development Agency (NITDA), to inform you about the success so far in resolving the contentious issues that led to the permanent strike of the unions.
Ngige, as he spoke, said that the government was interested in getting students back to school.
Ngige assured Nigerians that efforts were being made to resolve the ongoing dispute largely driven by payment platforms.
ASUU, which based academic activities in Nigerian universities from February 14, 2022, had insisted on the use of its own generated payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
He based his lawsuit on claims that the government-backed Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System was defrauding its members.
However, the federal government claimed last March that UTAS was unfit for large-scale use as it failed three integrity tests.
In addition to UTAS, the Nigerian Universities Senior Staff Association and the Educational and Allied Institutions Non-Academic Staff Union also proposed their payment platform – Universities Special Staff Payroll System.
Ngige argued that the federal government was in fact engaging with ASUU, despite notions that it has been looking down on the union.