Leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and a delegation of the Federal Government gathered and met on Friday, November 20, 2020.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, presided over the meeting which commenced at 12pm.
It was gathered that the parley was expected to address various pending issues, including the contentious payment platform preferred by the union.
ASUU had opposed the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, used in settling workers salaries by the FG and instead, developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, which is currently undergoing test-run by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, had also proposed the University General and Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System in place of the IPPIS.
Spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, had disclosed on Wednesday that the dialogue with the ASUU leaders would hold at the minister’s conference hall.
The government said it had agreed to pay N30bn Earned Academic Allowance, N20b for the revitalisation of the education sector and the arrears of salaries to the university teachers, adding that the only outstanding issue was the disagreement over the payment platform.
But ASUU insisted that the government has not met its demands, noting that the resolution of the eight-month strike was not in sight.