After several negotiations and foot-dragging between FG and ASUU, the FG on Friday seems to have accepted the demand by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that they should 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.
The breakthrough in negotiations is expected to end the eight- month strike embarked on by the university lecturers.
Reading out the communique at the end of a seven -hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja , 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 N 30 bn to N 35 bn and the revitalization fund from N 20 bn to N 25 bn.