The federal government says it will meet with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) over the one-month warning strike embarked upon by its members.

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ASUU had, on February 14, declared a one-month strike over the federal government’s failure to meet its demands.

According to NAN, Charles Akpan, the deputy director for press and public relations in the ministry of labour and employment, spoke about the industrial action in a statement on Monday.

Akpan said Chris Ngige, the minister for labour and employment, will be meeting with the executives of the union and other relevant government agencies on Tuesday, February 21.

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“The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, by 1.00 pm at the minister’s conference room,” he said.

ASUU had earlier accused the federal government of reneging on the agreements it reached with the union to suspend its last strike in 2020.

The union also argued that the strike followed the government’s attitude towards the renegotiation of salaries and allowances as well as the adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) payroll software.

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The lecturers’ agitations include funding for the revitalisation of public universities and promotion arrears.

Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement and the inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

According to ASUU, none of its demands had been fully met by the federal government.

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