As you would recall, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an indefinite strike late in the month of March, before the coronavirus pandemic rocked the globe.
Now, the Federal and State governments have been gradually opening up the country to a post-COVID atmosphere. The tertiary institutions are one of the latest to be opened in the series of openings carried out by our government, but universities were stuck because of the stand off between the Federal Government and ASUU.
The issue was primarily because of the IPPIS, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, as well as withheld salaries amongst others. However, yesterday, the 15th of October, the leadership of ASUU hinted at a possible agreement with the federal government.
In a letter to ASUU members nationwide, he commanded them not to agree to be captured in the future IPPIS data capture exercise accompanying the visit of IPPIS officials from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, on Monday the 19th. He said it would destroy the ongoing negotiations with the Federal Government, if any member agrees to it.
He further declared that the UTAS (which is the alternative system of payment designed by members of the union) has been demonstrated before the Accountant General of the Federation, the Minister of Labour, Minister of Finance, as well as other top agencies involved in the negotiations, on the 14th, and the first stage of the testing of the UTAS has been accomplished.
A picture of the statement is included below.
With all these facts put forward by the leader of the union, it seems to me that in a short period, the strike would be called off, and students in public universities, would be finally allowed to return to schools, and resume their studies.