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ASUU Rejects Fresh Presidency’s Offer

ASUU Rejects Fresh Presidency’s Offer On Payment Platform, Insists On UTAS

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected a fresh offer of Federal Government on the payment platform for lecturers in Federal Universities.

In the fresh offer, Federal Government agreed to accommodate the peculiarities of salaries and allowances of the Federal University System in the Integrated Personnel Payment Information System (IPPIS).

Acting Accountant General of the Federation, Okotieboh Sylva made the offer at a final stakeholders meeting on the ASUU strike convened by the House of Representatives leadership on Thursday.

Sylva said any mistakes made in the past on the IPPIS concerning salaries and allowances of the lecturers could be corrected.

He warned that accepting the proposed payment platform of ASUU would open the floodgate of demands from other staff on Federal Government’s payroll for separate platform.

ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, however, rejected the offer, insisting on the union’s payment platform, saying that IPPIS cannot fully reflects the peculiarities of the university system.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, pleaded with ASUU and Federal Government to accept the outcome of the three session of the stakeholders meeting.

He said the reports and recommendations of the stakeholders would soon be ready and forwarded to President Buhari for his approval.

The speaker, particularly pleaded with ASUU, to accept the outcome of the fresh intervention to allow students to return to classrooms, after staying at home for almost eight months.

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