The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) has been on strike since 2 March 2020. Numerous meetings and negotiations have taken place between Asuu and the Federal government to no avail.
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The strike was taken in order to revitalize the education system in Nigeria, and was also due to many reasons some of which includes; the proposed payment system by the federal government and the unfulfilled promises by the previous government to Asuu.
On Friday 20 November 2020, the Federal Government accepted the demand by the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS).
The government also shifted grounds on a number of issues, including the insistence that all the academic staff of the federal universities must be paid through the IPPIS platform.
At the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja, Senator Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment, said the government has 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 (N60bn total).
Hopefully, this agreement might mark the end of the long lasting strike embarked by Asuu, Students might finally be able to resume school.
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