There are indications that the Nigerian government and the country’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have taken measured steps to stem the controversy surrounding the adoption and implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
This is coming after a meeting between the two parties yesterday in Abuja, which saw the government proposing resolutions to ASUU on how to resolve the dispute amicably.
In his reaction to inquiries, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the proposal focused on outstanding issues, the Memorandum of Action issues that were unaddressed.
According to Ngige, the issue of IPPIS was also discussed and options and solutions were advanced.
His words, “So, the ASUU team will take some of these outstanding issues back to their bigger council, the National Executive Council, before they get back to the government.
“We have to look at he issues that are part of the MOA that have not been fully addressed and we made some new proposals on behalf of the government to ASUU.”
While corroborating the government’s stance, the ASUU president, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi, said, “We have what we can call concrete proposals that we can take back to our members. But as we usually say, those of us here cannot make final pronouncement on any of the proposals.
“We have assured the government’s team that we will report faithfully to our principals and get back to government accordingly.”
The meeting, which was a follow-up to the one held last week, saw both sides agreeing to adjourn pending the response from ASUU.