ASUU strike: Ngige foresees end, team meets Senate on UTAS

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A delegation of the Federal Government led by the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, met behind closed doors the leadership of the on Tuesday to appraise the University Transparency Account Systems payment platform developed by the Academic Staff Union of .


The , chaired by of the , Ahmad Lawan, also had in attendance, the Minister of , Adamu Adamu, the Accountant of the Federation, Ahmed Idris and the leadership led by , Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi.


Ngige had before the commencement of the , said the parley was at the instance of the President, as part of efforts to resolve the lingering crisis between the Federal Government and .

Addressing journalists after about a three-hour closed session on the issue on Tuesday, Ngige said, “ has demonstrated to us, how the UTAS they developed could work but the demonstration will continue.

“We will involve other government agencies who would also come and assess . Discussions on are foreclosed yet.

“UTAS is homegrown software. is what we call local content that Mr President is encouraging. will be considered by the government,” Ngige added.

ASUU had rejected the IPPIS as embarked on indefinite strike on February.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, told the that the current impasse between ASUU and the Federal Government was an ill-wind that would do any of the two parties any good.

The Senate President asked the two parties to find a middle ground to resolve their differences.

“It has to be a -win situation,” Lawan said.


Tuesday’ meeting the Federal Government delegation was after a similar dialogue ASUU by the Senate leadership on Monday.

Reps to meet ASUU today

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has scheduled a meeting the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of for Wednesday (today) over the current rift between the Federal Government and the university lecturers.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, made the announcement at the plenary on Tuesday, asking of the House Committee on Tertiary , Prof Julius Ihonvbere, and members of the committee to be in attendance.

Gbajabiamila said, “This is for the leadership and the and Deputy , Committee on Tertiary , and any member of that committee that wants to be in attendance. There will be a meeting with ASUU in my office tomorrow at 1:30pm.”