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ASUU Says Strike Continues As FG Stop Salaries of Lecturers

Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) says its strike continues until federal government accepts its salary payment platform, the University Transparency And Acceptability Solution (UTAS).

The union insists that the strike continues as indications emerged that federal government has stopped the salaries of the striking lecturers.

ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, in the union’s strike bulletin issued to its branches on Tuesday, insisted that UTAS is the preferred and most suitable payment system in universities.

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But labour minister, Senator Chris Ngige who is leading federal government’s negotiations with ASUU, accused the union of making the continuation of talks on the disputed agreements impossible.

Ngige speaking on a television programme said although the UTAS passed acceptability test, but failed integrity test, making it vulnerable to hacking.

The minister also said ASUU refused to meet a team set up to renegotiate the disputed 2009 agreement.

According to him, the team had since submitted its report to education minister.

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