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Update on ASUU Strike: Ngige expresses optimism as another meeting with lecturers commences

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It was said that as the federal government on Friday continued the negotiations about the money and some other  issues with the (ASUU) to put an end to the eight-month-old strike decision.

ASUU embarked on the strike  journey on March 23 to demand “revitalisation allowance”, earned academic allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, visitation panels, among other demands.

Premium Times reported how the federal government, last Friday, made some concessions to the striking university lecturers through their union.

Gvt offered N65 billion to Nigerian universities to address some of the lecturers’ demands.

Gvt has also agreed to pay the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.

The N65 billion seeks to address the issue of earned allowances and ”revitalisation of universities”.

Before the government introduced IPPIS to the union last year, the lecturers were receiving their pay through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).

The meeting

The Friday meeting, which was scheduled for 11 a.m. started at 2:25 p.m. with the labour minister, Chris Ngige, presiding.

He said the government gave the union some offers last week and “they promised to consult with their members and get back to us”.

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