ASUU Strike Will Soon Be Over, Says Labour Minister

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   NIGERIA minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon be called off.

He also said there are no plans to establish an alternative payment table for all the labour unions in tertiary institutions.

Ngige, said this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja.

Ngige assured Nigerians that efforts were underway to resolve the ongoing dispute largely fueled by payment platforms.

ASUU, which grounded academic activities in Nigerian universities since February 14, 2022, had insisted on the use of its own generated payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

It premised its demand on claims that the government-backed Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System were shortchanging its members.

However, the Federal Government, last March claimed that UTAS was unfit for wide-scale use as it failed three integrity tests.

The Minister said the government was indeed engaging with ASUU, despite notions that it has been snubbing the union.

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