As the Senate tackle the logjam between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has faulted the federal government for signing an unrealistic agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, oyogist.com reports.
It is no longer a novel situation that the federal government refuses to pay members of ASUU who are not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS). And ASUU insists that they are paid before they resume.
Speaking concerning the issue yesterday when ASUU presented the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, ASUU’s alternative payroll system to the Senate, the Senate president faulted the federal government, saying “when we negotiate, we negotiate in such a manner that the final product will be implemented.
“This is to say that we have to accommodate each other with government doing what it is supposed to do and ASUU, being the body of our lecturers , stands to protect its members.”
He then pleaded with ASUU not to be too strict on its demand.
He irrigated the hope on the solution, saying that the agreement, which was signed in 2019 (between the federal government and ASUU) will be reviewed to ensure that it is really practicable.
Speaking to newsmen after the closed door meeting with the Senate, that took up to three hours, the ASUU president ,Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said that the meeting was a follow up to the one held in October, 2019 to seek a way out of the IPPIS crisis.
Meanwhile ASUU had in 2019 told the Senate that it will design an alternative system to the IPPIS; which prompted the presentation of the university Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The ASUU president said that the UTAS was an internally made system; and that it will “end the eight-month industrial action by ASUU” if you the federal government subscribes to it.