Following the Federal Government's approval to exempt Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Integrated Payroll and Information System (IPPIS), paying salaries of ASUU members using a different mode of payment, Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment has said that the Federal Government's decision regarding salaries of ASUU is temporary.
Following the proposed reform in the teaching profession that is being proposed by the Buhari administration, the Federal Government has vowed to only henceforth engage the first class and second class upper graduates to teach. The government said teachers without requisite qualifications would not be considered for teaching jobs.
The Federal Government has resumed negotiation with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday over the lingering eight-month-old strike by the union. The union embarked on a nationwide industrial action on March 23 to demand “revitalisation allowance”, earned academic allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, visitation panels, among other demands. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, presiding over their latest meeting in Abuja. In his opening remarks, the minister explained that the meeting should have reconvened before now but had to wait for inputs from all the ministries involved, as well as from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister of labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that the prolonged strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities will be resolved by next week when the Federal Government team meets the union leaders again. The minister however said the Nigerian government will consider “options” if ASUU fails to resolve its issues by then and continues strike. Ngige complained that the union was not considering the challenges their demands would create. The minister said even if countries go to war, they eventually meet at the negotiation table. He said “There are so many options left. We have the labour laws and I have options left to me in the labour laws. I have other channels.”