Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will accept the new offer by the Federal Government and end the eight-month strike, which began in March.
He urged ASUU to hasten consultations with its members in order to return to the negotiation table before Friday.
Ijaw News had earlier reported that the Federal Government accepted the demand by ASUU that the lecturers be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
The government also offered to increase the Earned Allowances to university staff from 30 billion naira to 35 billion naira and the Revitalization Fund from 20 billion naira to 25 billion naira.
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The development came after weeks of negotiations and disagreements by the Federal Government and ASUU, which proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution as its preferred payment platform.
Reading out the communique at the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, had said that 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 breakthrough in negotiations is expected to end the eight-month strike embarked on by the university lecturers as parents and students wait on ASUU to call off the strike.