Representatives of the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will today meet to address the planned industrial action by the union. 

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Moyosore Ajao, the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) chairman of the union, confirmed the news to TheCable Lifestyle on Monday.

According to him, the outcome of the meeting would determine ASUU’s next line of action on the proposed strike.

“Yes, we’re meeting today in Abuja. After the meeting, we shall know what will happen next. In the next two weeks, ASUU will hold another meeting in Ilorin to discuss the matter,” he said.

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TheCable Lifestyle understands that issues to be discussed at the meeting include the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) among others affecting ASUU members.

In an earlier statement, Charles Akpan, spokesman for the ministry of labour and employment, said Chris Ngige will meet with the ASUU delegation at his conference room.

“The Minister for Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige will be hosting a meeting with ASUU. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 2, 2021 at minister’s conference room,” it read.

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The union had last year embarked on a nearly 10-month strike — which it later suspended — over the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.

ASUU had also opposed the adoption of the government’s IPPIS initiative while suggesting that its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) be used as alternative payroll software.

The development comes a few weeks after Emmanuel Osodeke, newly-elected president of the union, threatened that the body would embark on strike if the government fails to fulfill its promises.

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