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FG hopeful of end to ASUU strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities is set to call of its eight-month strike.

This indication was given during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.

The government pledged to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said at the meeting, it was agreed that union should convey Government message to their organs and get back to the table.

He said that would determine suspending the strike.

The meeting is to reconvene next week, Friday.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige described the meeting as fruitful.

He said some areas of objection by ASUU at the last meeting were deliberated and resolved.

After the meeting of last Friday November 20, Government agreed to exempt ASUU members who had not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and put them on the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS) pending when ASUU’S preferred payment platform – the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) will be approved.

Joseph Agi, with Agency report

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