The conciliatory meeting between the Federal Government and the leadership of ASUU summoned to resolve the issues that led to the ongoing warning strike by University teachers is in progress in Abuja.
Addressing the meeting, the Minister of Labour & Employment, Dr Chris Ngige expressed surprised that ASUU did not notify the Govt before proceeding on the warning strike.
Dr Ngige who thanked the leadership of ASUU for responding to the invitation for dialogue, appealed to ASUU to be open to the reality facing the government and call off the industrial action.
Responding, the President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said the Federal Govt completely reneged on the MOU signed with the union last year.
Prof Ogunyemi also reiterated the position of ASUU on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS which he described as an attempt to destroy university autonomy contrary to global best practices.
Some other key Officials on Federal Govt delegation in the meeting are Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State, Labour & Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajuba, representatives of Accountant-General of the Federation & National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.
The current ASUU leadership & past presidents of the union are also participating in the conciliatory meeting.